Finding Aid to the Friends of the River Foundation Records

Lisa Marie Monhoff
The Bancroft Library
The Bancroft Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
Title: Friends of the River Foundation records
creator: Friends of the River Foundation
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 88/25
Physical Description: 38 linear feet (24 cartons, 3 oversize boxes, 9 oversize folders, 2 tubes)
Date (inclusive): 1960-1996
Date (bulk): 1974-1981
Abstract: This collection contains documentation collected during the campaigns to preserve the Stanislaus River, stop construction of the New Melones Dam and protect other creeks and rivers through grassroots public awareness campaigns and water policy legislation.
Physical Description: Contains evidence of termite infestation throughout the papers which includes minor damage to some documents. While care was taken to remove as much of the animal detritus as possible, there is a small amount of remaining debris in some folders.
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Friends of the River Foundation records were donated to the Bancroft Library by Mark Dubois.

Organizational History

Friends of the River (F.O.R.) was founded as a grassroots conservation organization in 1973 and their headquarters are located in Sacramento, California. F.O.R.'s founders are Gerald "Jerry" H. Meral, Rob Caughlan, David Oke and David Kay, who established F.O.R. as an outgrowth of the signature gathering campaign to stop the construction of the New Melones Dam on the Stanislaus River near Jamestown, California. In 1975, under the leadership of Mark Dubois and Jennifer Jennings, the Friends of the River Foundation was incorporated as a non-profit membership based organization dedicated to river protection. The group's primary activities are grassroots organizing, public outreach and education and working on behalf of water policy legislation throughout California.
The New Melones Dam was authorized in 1944 as a component of the Central Valley Project. In 1966, the work commenced to replace the existing, much smaller, Melones Dam with the new, much larger earth and rock embankment structure. Although the citizen effort to halt the New Melones Dam project had launched by the late 1960s, major ballot campaigns to stop the construction to protect a 13 mile unimpeded stretch of the river from Camp Nine to the town of New Melones commenced with 1974's Proposition 17. This 13 mile stretch of the Stanislaus was considered particularly valuable to conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts in part due to its historic cultural resources and accessibility for white water rafters and kayakers. Opposition to the New Melones Dam also alleged "pork barrel" spending of taxpayer money for an unnecessary government project. Supporters of the dam argued that the dam construction by the United States Department of the Army, Corp of Engineers would create jobs, help with flood control, hydroelectric power generation and increase the state's water supply.
The campaign to save the Stanislaus River was fueled by the momentum of the environmental movement which was picking up steam in the early 1970s and remains one of the greatest examples of citizen involvement in American history to stop a dam from being built. One of its most illustrious moments came on May 22, 1979, when Mark Dubois alerted authorities of the project to his plan to hide out in the river’s canyon and then chained himself to a rock for nearly a week to prevent the filling of the New Melones Reservoir.
Following the failure of the Proposition 17 initiative to pass in 1974, F.O.R. backed a number of other policy proposals to protect the river, including Senate Bill 1482 (1976), House Resolution 4223 (1979) and Proposition 13 (1982), or the Stanislaus Campaign Initiative. Although the New Melones Dam was eventually built and the lake filled in 1982, one of the campaign's most influential achievements was to crack open the debate about the cost effectiveness and benefits to society of large dam projects around the globe. No other dams of this magnitude have been built in the United States since the completion of the New Melones Dam.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Friends of the River Foundation records, BANC MSS 88/25, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

System of Arrangement

Arranged to the folder level.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa Marie Monhoff in 2019.

Related Materials

The Mark Dubois Papers (BANC MSS 2003.314), Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Content Description

This collection contains documentation collected during the campaigns to preserve the Stanislaus River, stop construction of the New Melones Dam and protect other creeks and rivers through grassroots public awareness campaigns and water policy legislation. Materials include correspondence, notes, administrative files, grassroots, organizing and outreach materials, testimony and statements, lobbying, legal cases, studies, research, reports, maps, news articles and clippings. Researchers should note that this collection contains many reused documents such as hand written notes penned onto the verso of printed materials and letters, as well as many small and irregular sized scraps of paper and envelopes with hand written notes.

Conditions Governing Use

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Subjects and Indexing Terms

Friends of the River Foundation
Water resources development--California--Stanislaus River
Water resources development -- California
Water resources development--Law and legislation
Stream conservation--California--Stanislaus River
Stanislaus River (Calif.)
New Melones Dam (Calif.)
Environmentalism -- California.


Friends of the River Administration 1974-1996

Physical Description: Cartons 1-2; Carton 3, folders 17-22; Carton 19, folders 1-3; Oversize Folder 3B


Arranged into three subseries: 1.1 Administration; 1.2 Board of Directors meetings; and 1.3 Miscellaneous Water Campaigns and Conferences.

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence, notes, planning materials, board meeting agendas and minutes and other administrative documentation about the Friends of the River Foundation. Contains files on miscellaneous water legislation initiatives and campaigns to preserve local creeks and rivers, primarily in California.

Administration 1975-1996

Physical Description: Carton 1, folders 1-11


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Contains general administrative files of the organization.
carton 1, folder 1

Secretary of State of California - Committee Statement of Organization 1975

carton 1, folder 2

Fair Political Practices Commission 1975

carton 1, folder 3-4

Office spaces and leases 1975, 1979

carton 1, folder 5-6

Staff correspondence, memos, notes, planning meeting documents 1977-1985; undated

carton 1, folder 7

By Laws 1978

carton 1, folder 8

Tax status 1978

carton 1, folder 9

Employment, internship and volunteer program circa 1979-1996

carton 1, folder 10

Prospectus of Friends of the River 1981-1983

carton 1, folder 11

Stationery undated


Board of Directors 1974-1992

Physical Description: Carton 1, folders 12-37; Carton 2, folders 1-6


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence, memos, documentation of board meetings, executive committee, steering committee and staff meetings, agendas and meeting minutes, budgets, newsletter planning and direct mail fundraising documents.
carton 1, folder 12-15

Development, membership, marketing and finance committees 1974-1990

carton 1, folder 16

Steering committee circa 1975-1984

carton 1, folder 17-37

Board and staff meetings, retreats, program and progress reports, committee, chapter and advisory council materials 1976-1992

Carton 2, Folder 1-6

Board and staff meetings, retreats, program and progress reports, committee, chapter and advisory council materials 1976-1992


Miscellaneous Water Campaigns and Conferences 1975-1992

Physical Description: Carton 2, folders 7-47; Carton 3, folders 1-22; Carton 19, folders 1-3; Oversize Folder 3B


Arranged into groups chronologically and alphabetically by water policy campaign, waterways and conferences.

Scope and Contents

Materials for miscellaneous water and clean energy campaigns and conferences mainly in Northern and Central California. Includes campaign files on the topics of water conservation, energy conservation, nuclear power, solar power and roadless areas. Also documents F.O.R.'s participation in the Committee for Creeks.
carton 2, folder 7

Water conservation studies, pamphlets, articles 1975-1979

carton 2, folder 8

Island Foundation first annual report 1976

Scope and Contents

Yolla Bolly Press
carton 2, folder 9

"Energy Conserving Lifestyles: A Progress Report to the California Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission" 1976

carton 2, folder 10-12

Miscellaneous rivers - primarily California, includes cultural resource mitigation 1977-1982

carton 2, folder 13-16

Water policy and issues, data for California delegation, in flow data circa 1977-1987

carton 2, folder 17-19

Water policy and issues, deserts, energy, includes Owens Valley (California) 1979

carton 2, folder 20

North Coast Rivers (California) - Senate Bill 346 1977-1981

carton 2, folder 21

Save Our Creek Committee / Save Our Next Door Creek 1977-1978

carton 2, folder 22

Save Our Nextdoor Creek Task Force, Sierra Club Regional Conservation Committee, California and Nevada circa 1977-1978

carton 2, folder 23

Western Rivers Council meeting notes 1978

carton 2, folder 24

Creek People's Council - Fryer Creek (Sonoma, California) 1978

carton 2, folder 25

Alaska wilderness conservation and Trans-Alaska Pipeline 1978-1979

carton 2, folder 26

"Report of Activities of the Department of Water Resources" 1978-1979

carton 2, folder 27

Roadless Area Review and Evaluation (RARE II) 1978-1979

carton 2, folder 28

Roadless Areas circa 1985-1988

carton 2, folder 29

Energy conservation 1979

carton 2, folder 30

Nuclear power 1979

carton 2, folder 31

Hot Springs Protection Society - Assembly Bill 1219 1979

carton 2, folder 32

California Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission / State Water Control Board - meetings, hearings 1979

carton 2, folder 33

Wildlife and forest conservation 1979

carton 2, folder 34

Native American rights, civil rights, labor and employment rights and immigration issues 1979

carton 2, folder 35

Hydro Power and hydro-air electric power - miscellaneous dams, materials and diagrams from Bolding Engineering company 1979-1985

carton 2, folder 36

Water Reform Alliance 1980-1981

carton 2, folder 37

The Water Coalition 1980-1983

carton 2, folder 38

Water Resources and Conservation and Efficiency Act circa 1981

carton 2, folder 39

California Water Protection Council 1982

carton 2, folder 40

The 100 Rivers Campaign 1988-19891

carton 2, folder 41

Water 2000 1991

carton 2, folder 42

Three Way Water Agreement 1991-1992

carton 2, folder 43

Central Valley Project 1992

carton 2, folder 44-47

American River and Auburn Dam (California) circa 1976-1992

Scope and Contents

American River Watershed Council
Carton 19, Folder 1

American River and Auburn Dam (California) 1976-1992

Carton 3, Folder 1

Chattooga River (Georgia and South Carolina) circa 1980

carton 3, folder 2

Glen Canyon Dam, Grand Canyon and Dinosaur National Monument 1979-1990

carton 3, folder 3

Glenn Reservoir studies bibliography circa 1975

carton 3, folder 4

The Committee to Save the Kings River (California) - Assembly Bill 1606 1975, 1979

carton 3, folder 5

Little Pipestem Creek, Pump Storage Reservoir (hydro power) (Summers County, West Virginia) 1979

carton 3, folder 6

Mono Lake (California) Committee 1978

carton 3, folder 7

Pescadero Creek (San Mateo County, California) 1976

carton 3, folder 8

Save San Lorenzo River Association (California) circa 1976-1978

carton 3, folder 9

Sprewell Bluff Dam (Georgia) 1976

carton 3, folder 10

Strawberry River, Bell Foley Dam (Arkansas) circa 1975

carton 3, folder 11

Tellico Dam, Little Tennessee River (Tennessee) 1979

carton 3, folder 12

Three Rivers Campaign for the King, Kern and Merced Rivers (California) circa 1986

carton 3, folder 13

Trinity River (Trinity County, California) 1976-1980

carton 3, folder 14

Save the Tuolumne River (California) circa 1975-1984

Carton 19, Folder 2

Save the Tuolumne River (California) approximately 1975-1984

carton 3, folder 15

Warm Springs Dam, Lake Sonoma, Dry Creek, Warm Springs Creek (California) 1974-1979

Carton 19, Folder 3

Warm Springs Dam, Lake Sonoma, Dry Creek, Warm Springs Creek (California) 1974-1979

oversize_folder 3

Wildcat Creek (California) Modified Flood Control Plan circa 1980

carton 3, folder 16

Yuba River, Marysville Lake (California) 1975-1979

Carton 3, Folder 17-22

Conference programs and planning 1974-1989

Scope and Contents

American Rivers Conservation Council's Conference on Rivers Dams and National Water Policy

Scope and Contents

California Riparian Systems: A Conference on Their Ecology, Conservation and Productive Management

Scope and Contents

Friends of the River's River Conference and Festival

Scope and Contents

The Wild Land and Water Confluence

Save the Stanislaus River Campaign 1960-1993

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 23-91; Cartons 4-10; Carton 19, folders 4-41; Oversize Box 2, folder 2; Oversize Folder 2B; Oversize Folder 4C


Arranged into six subseries: 2.1 Outreach; 2.2 Correspondence; 2.3 New Melones Dam and Reservoir Operations; 2.4 Cultural Resource Mitigation; 2.5 Legislation; and 2.6 Legal.

Scope and Contents

This series includes documentation on the various water protection and policy battles organized and supported by F.O.R. to protect the Stanislaus River, stop construction of the New Melones Dam and halt filling of the New Melones Reservoir in Northern California. Includes organizing and lobbying materials, efforts to document and protect cultural resources, dam operations and lake filling data and studies, legislative campaign analysis and legal case briefs.

Outreach 1974-1993

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 23-91; Carton 4, folders 43-44; Oversize Box 2, folder 2; Oversize Folder 2; Oversize Folder 4


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Outreach materials include grassroots organizing calls to action such as newsletters, press releases, posters, fliers, brochures, fundraising event tickets, letter writing campaigns, pinback buttons, poems and song lyrics about the Stanislaus River. See also the Correspondence and Legislation subseries for additional organizing and lobbying documentation.
carton 3, folder 23-75

Organizing materials 1974-1993

Carton 3, Folder 76-77

Press Releases 1974-1987

Carton 3, Folder 78-84

Newsletters, includes Headwaters and Stanislaus Campaign News 1974-1985

Carton 3, Folder 85-91

Black and white photographs and color slide transparencies 1974-1980

Scope and Contents

Camp Nine

Scope and Contents

Proposition 17

Scope and Contents

Row for the River
Carton 4, Folder 43

Stanislaus campaign pinback buttons: Proposition 17 and (Yes on) Proposition 13 circa 1974-1982

Carton 4, Folder 44

Stanislaus campaign balloons circa 1974-1982

oversize_folder 2

Color posters for Stanislaus River campaign and New Jersey Conservation Foundation circa 1974-1980

oversize_folder 4

Signature gathering sheets Undated

oversize_box 2, Folder 2

Signature gathering graph with Ride the Colorado, Stanislaus benefit drawing poster on verso circa 1981


Correspondence 1972-1988

Physical Description: Carton 4, folders 1-42


Arranged alphabetically within groups, political individuals and political lobbying files.

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence related to Save the Stanislaus campaign lobbying sorted into files of organizations and types of groups (mostly supporters of the campaign to halt the dam construction and stop the lake filling), political individuals and offices. See also Legislation subseries for more correspondence with legislators and government agencies.
Carton 4, Folder 1-6

Miscellaneous correspondence 1972-1987, undated

carton 4, folder 7

Environmental and conservation groups 1973-1980, undated

carton 4, folder 8

Fishing, fly fishing and rafting groups 1974-1982

carton 4, folder 9

Business groups 1979-1980

carton 4, folder 10

Educators, labor and community groups 1979-1981

carton 4, folder 11

American Rivers Conservation Council 1977-1979

carton 4, folder 12

American River Touring Association circa 1971-1976

carton 4, folder 13

Audubon Society regional groups 1978-1980

carton 4, folder 14

Butterfly Lovers International 1980-1981

Scope and Contents

Auerbach, Stevanne
carton 4, folder 15

Environmental Defense Fund 1972-1982

carton 4, folder 16

Environmental Traveling Companions (Etc.) 1975-1976

carton 4, folder 17

The Planning and Conservation League circa 1974-1982

carton 4, folder 18

Sierra Club, Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund circa 1972-1979

carton 4, folder 19

The Wilderness Society - Resolution of the Governance Council of the Wilderness Society in Praise... of Friends of the River 1975-1976

carton 4, folder 20

Brown, Edmund "Jerry" Gerald 1974-1980

carton 4, folder 21

Burton, Phillip 1979-1980

carton 4, folder 22

Cranston, Alan 1974-1980

carton 4, folder 23

Edwards, Don 1975-1978

carton 4, folder 24

Fazio, Vic 1980

carton 4, folder 25

Hayakawa, S.I. 1978-1979

carton 4, folder 26

McCarthy, Leo 1988

carton 4, folder 27

Moscone, George R. 1976

carton 4, folder 28

Office of the President of the United States, White House Staff 1974-1981

carton 4, folder 29

Panetta, Leon E. 1977

Scope and Contents

Rakfeldt, Harry D.
carton 4, folder 30

Reagan, Ronald 1974, 1981

carton 4, folder 31

Ryan, Leo 1976-1978

carton 4, folder 32

Stark, Fortney "Pete" 1978-1979

carton 4, folder 33

Tunney, John 1972-1976

carton 4, folder 34

Udall, Morris K. 1979

carton 4, folder 35

Political groups circa 1973-1976

carton 4, folder 36-40

Legislative lobbying 1974-1981

carton 4, folder 41

California legislature 1978

carton 4, folder 42

Washington D.C., Florida lobbying and U.S. presidential election 1976-1978


New Melones Dam and Reservoir Operations 1960-1983

Physical Description: Carton 4, folders 45-46; Cartons 5-10


Arranged chronologically and hierarchically within groups of files relating to Operations Studies, Water Rights, Camp Nine Clearing, Geology, Power Generation, Economics and Recreation in the New Melones Lake and New Melones Dam area.

Scope and Contents

Contains master plans, environmental impact statements, operating plans, operations data and operating studies for the New Melones Dam, including implications of Decision 1422 for granting petition to assignment of applications to United States Bureau of Reclamation in the Matter of Applications 14858, 14859, 19303 and 19304 to Appropriate from Stanislaus River in Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties. Includes information on land acquisition, prior water rights, water quality, lake (reservoir) filling, flood levels, flood control, irrigation rights, fishing and fisheries release schedules, dam power supply, geology, seismicity and known earthquake faults, economics and power generation. Also includes comment on the Carter administration's Water Policy Reform initiative.
carton 4, folder 45-46

Department of the Army, Corp of Engineers - New Melones Lake Area Master Plan, Supplement No. 1, draft and Supplement to Design Memorandum No. 3A Preliminary Master Plan 1974, 1980

Carton 5, Folder 1

Operations background and history of Decision 1422 1960-1980

carton 5, folder 2-3

House Document No. 453 - New Melones Project authorization, authorizing laws 1961-1962

carton 5, folder 3-7

Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers - letter and report on New Melones Project, Stanislaus River with request from F.O.R. for documents 1962, 1978

carton 5, folder 8

Department of Health, Education and Welfare "Report on the Public Health Aspects of New Melones Project" 1965

Carton 5, Folder 9

Flood control studies and articles 1969-1978

carton 5, folder 10-13

Draft Environmental Impact Statement - includes Statement of Findings by Department of the Army, Corp of Engineers with comment by Department of Fish and Game, Environmental Defense Fund, Friends of the River, Sierra Club, Resources Agency of California 1971-1979

carton 5, folder 14-15

Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers - correspondence 1971-1979

Carton 5, Folder 16-21

State Water Resources Control Board - Decision 1400, Decision 1422, appeals and engineering staff analysis 1972-1979

carton 5, folder 22-31

Camp Nine (9) road relocation, clearing, bridge construction, Judge MacBride ruling, draft, final and supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, Statement of Findings, comment and notes 1972-1983

carton 6, folder 1-4

Department of the Army, Corp of Engineers - "Letter Design Memorandum No. 28, Powerhouse Tailwater", "New Melones Lake: A Fact Sheet" (River Initiative pamphlet), "Invitation for Bids for Lake Area Debris Removal New Melones Lake Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties, California", "New Melones Lake: Lake Area Clearing and Boundary Fencing, Design Memorandum No. 26" 1973-1978

Carton 6, Folder 5

California State Water Commission testimony 1976

Carton 6, Folder 6-23

Basin designation, allocations, lake filling, flood control, water rights, water pricing, water quality, operating study 1977-1981

Carton 6, Folder 24-25

Department of the Interior - supplemental Environmental Impact Statement with comment by Friends of the River 1978-1980

Carton 6, Folder 26-30

Clearing plans, flood control, water rights, water supply allocations 1978-1981

Carton 6, Folder 31

Decision 1422 filling level hearings 1979

carton 7, folder 1

Water policy, water quality 1979

carton 7, folder 2

Decision 1422 hearings before the Water Resources Control Board Division of Water Rights. State of California 1979

carton 7, folder 3-12

Operations study for New Melones Reservoir, Tulloch Reservoir, Goodwin Dam and Lower River including public hearings with United States Department of the Interior 1979-1980

carton 7, folder 13

Decision 1422 legal memos and correspondence circa 1979-1980

carton 7, folder 14

Prior water rights and storage circa 1979-1980

carton 7, folder 15

State Water Resources Control Board operating plan - comment by Friends of the River 1979-1980

carton 7, folder 16

Operations study - comment by Friends of the River, summaries of cost and financial benefit 1979-1981

carton 7, folder 17-19

Operations study including negotiations agreement for operating Tri-Dam and Tulloch Reservoir 1979-1982

carton 7, folder 20

Daily reservoir levels 1979-1981

carton 7, folder 21

Decision 1422, flood control 1979-1980

carton 7, folder 22

Decision 1422, lake filling 1979-1982

carton 8, folder 1-2

Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement - comment by Friends of the River 1980

carton 8, folder 3

Budgets for Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the Interior 1980

carton 8, folder 4

Operations background and fact sheets 1980

carton 8, folder 5-7

State Water Resources Control Board - Decision 1422 testimony, Order 80-20 and power hearing circa 1980-1981

carton 8, folder 8

Decision 1422, lake filling 1980-1982

carton 8, folder 9

Bureau of Reclamation, United States Department of the Interior Lower Stanislaus seepage information circa 1980-1982

carton 8, folder 10-12

Water rights, irrigation and fisheries 1980-1983

carton 8, folder 13

Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers "Invitation for Bids for Lake Area Clearing..." 1981

carton 8, folder 14

Water policy committee meeting 1981

carton 8, folder 15-18

Water inflow rate, data and lake filling circa 1981-1982

carton 8, folder 19

Western Water Education Foundation - Layperson's Guide to New Melones Dam 1982

carton 8, folder 20-21

Water rights - Oakdale and Ripon areas 1982

carton 8, folder 22

Order Amending Decision 1422, Submittal by Friends of the River 1982-1983

carton 8, folder 23

Water conservation plans 1983

carton 8, folder 24-25

State Water Resources Control Board Hearing on Decision 1422, Operational Models 1983

Carton 9, Folder 1-3

State Water Resources Control Board Hearing on Decision 1422, Operational Models 1983

carton 9, folder 4

Site Geology, Design Memorandum No. 12 1967

carton 9, folder 5-6

Seismicity, earthquake faults 1969-1979

carton 9, folder 7

Environmental impact of mines and mine tailings circa 1972-1978

carton 9, folder 8

Management Plan Proposal Stanislaus National Recreation Area, with draft - National Speleological Society, New Melones Task Force circa 1974

carton 9, folder 9

"The Stanislaus River - a study in Sierra Nevada geology" - California Geology. California Division of Mines and Geology 1975

carton 9, folder 10

Power plant capacity and resizing studies circa 1960-1970

carton 9, folder 11

Power, energy costs, transmission lines, Keating Amendment 1973-1977

carton 9, folder 12

New Melones Master File circa 1974-1980

carton 9, folder 13-15

Environmental Impact Report and health impacts of electrical transmission lines 1977-1978

carton 9, folder 16-17

Power rates 1978

carton 9, folder 18-20

Power and water issues circa 1978-1981

carton 9, folder 21

Collierville Powerhouse, Calaveras County Water District, California 1978-1980

carton 9, folder 22-25

Hydro electric power generation, H.R. 4223 and the Central Valley Project 1978-1980

carton 9, folder 26

"New Melones and California's Energy Situation" by Elizabeth "Betty" Andrews for Friends of the River 1979-1980

carton 10, folder 1

Staff Report and Appendix to Staff Report for New Melones Reservoir Operations Submittals - Division of Water Rights. State Water Resources Control Board 1979

carton 10, folder 2-5

Operations submittals 1979-1980

carton 10, folder 6

Economic impacts and costs includes Western Area Power Administration comment and criticism circa 1962-1980

carton 10, folder 7

"Just Who Will Benefit from the New Melones Dam? A Study of Land Ownership and an Opinion on Future Development..." by Russell J. Pennell 1974

carton 10, folder 8

"Employment Impact of the New Melones Dam" for State of California, Employment Development Department 1976

carton 10, folder 9-10

Economic impact including on employment, cultural resources circa 1978-1978

Scope and Contents

Includes Auburn Dam and Mono Lake
carton 10, folder 11-12

Economics and cost benefit analysis 1978-1980

carton 10, folder 13

Economics, organizing the "Businessman's Campaign" 1981, 1983

carton 10, folder 14

Fish and wildlife management - Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife, State of California Department of Fish and Game circa 1962-1975

carton 10, folder 15

"Report to the California State Water Resources Control Board on Effects of the New Melones Project on Fish and Wildlife Resources of the Stanislaus River..." for Resources Agency of California. Department of Fish and Game 1972

carton 10, folder 16-18

Recreation and white water mitigation studies 1973-1981

carton 10, folder 19

Land management report of uses along the Stanislaus, Mokelumne and Merced Rivers during 1974 1974

carton 10, folder 20

Recreation, fish and wildlife - data, research, testimony 1974-1982

carton 10, folder 21

"A Proposal for a Stanislaus River / Reservoir Park Complex" 1975

carton 10, folder 22

Stanislaus River Recreation Map for the Bureau of Land Management. Department of Interior circa 1975

carton 10, folder 23

"Study of Alternative Opportunities for Whitewater Boating / Rafting Activities" for Department of the Army, Corp of Engineers 1976

carton 10, folder 24

Operating study, water temperatures, fish stock 1976-1979

carton 10, folder 25

"1978 Nationwide Outdoor Recreation Plan: Task Force Report" - Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service. United States Department of the Interior 1978

carton 10, folder 26-27

Land acquisition, easements and navigation on Lower River 1978-1980

carton 10, folder 28

"Report on the Instream and Recreational Value of the Stanislaus River" with map, prepared by the Folsom District Office, Bureau of Land Management 1979

carton 10, folder 29

Recreation, disabled persons and wilderness 1979

carton 10, folder 30

New Melones reservoir fencing, livestock grazing 1980

carton 10, folder 31

"Information on New Melones Water, River, Recreation and Land Holdings Pertaining to Tuolomne and Calaveras Counties" report by Gina Cuclis 1980

carton 10, folder 32

American River Touring Association presentation to the Board of Supervisors on the Value of the Stanislaus River to the Recreational and Economic Development of Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties undated

Carton 19, Folder 39

Reclamation Board Meeting Minutes includes flood control 1979

Carton 19, Folder 40

Land acquisition on the Lower Stanislaus River 1979-1980

oversize_folder 4

New Melones Lake - Comparison of Operations 1979


Cultural Resource Mitigation 1971-1981

Physical Description: Cartons 11-12; Carton 13, folders 1-12; Carton 19, folder 41


Arranged chronologically with government agency correspondence first followed by archaeological and historical studies.

Scope and Contents

Includes documentation on the mitigation of cultural resources along the Stanislaus River Canyon at and near the site of the proposed New Melones Dam. Contains correspondence, research, testimony, briefs and other material on historical figures and events including Native American and Gold Rush era history and artifacts, archaeological and historic sites, caves and cave drawings, rock formations, wildlife, flora, fauna, and endangered species, and other cultural resources at risk of loss pending operation of the New Melones Dam. Includes proposals for the area to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places and to be established as a national monument as well as the Memorandum of Understanding between U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, National Park Service's Department of the Interior and the California State Historic Preservation office.
carton 11, folder 1-30

Cultural Resource Mitigation - Department of the Army, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Department of the Interior, State of California Historic Preservation 1971-1976

Scope and Contents

Ethnographic Study of the New Melones Project Area
Carton 12, Folder 1-20

Cultural Resource Mitigation - archaeological and cave studies 1976-1980

Carton 13, Folder 1-12

Cultural Resource Mitigation - archaeological studies, historic preservation, historic landmark and national monument proposals 1978-1981

Carton 19, Folder 41

Declaration of Michael J. Moratto in Support of Application for Temporary Restraining Order 1980


Legislation 1970-1983

Physical Description: Carton 13, folders 13-40; Carton 14-16; Carton 19, folders 4-28


Arranged chronologically by bill or resolution.

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence, memos, organizing materials, lobbying, fliers, events, bumper stickers and press releases, endorsements and opposition statements, background materials and analysis for various legislation introduced (primarily in California) to protect rivers and creeks, and mostly regarding the Stanislaus River and New Melones Dam project. The main campaigns include California's Proposition 17, California's Senate Bill 1482 and Assembly Bill 4460, House Resolution 4223 and California's Proposition 13 (unrelated to California's Proposition 13 to limit property taxation in the state which passed in 1978).
The campaign for Proposition 17, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Initiative, a 1974 California ballot initiative to place portions of the Stanislaus River under the state's wild river protective status, includes materials on organizing and awareness campaign events. Includes documentation on the Row for the River event, an approximately 200 mile, 9 day kayaking action in September 1974, commencing at Camp Nine (9) on the Stanislaus River and finishing in the San Francisco Bay. The Proposition 17 initiative failed to pass in the November 5, 1974 election.
California's Senate Bill 1482 and Assembly Bill 4460, initiatives supported by Friends of the River, Friends of the Earth, Sierra Club, and many other environmental groups, includes documentation with analysis by Senator Peter Behr. The legislation aimed to place the Stanislaus River under the protection of the California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
House Resolution 4223 includes documentation for the bill introduced in the House in 1979 to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by designating certain segments of the Stanislaus River as a component of the National Wild and Scenic River System.
Includes policy drafts of California's Proposition 13, also known as the Water Initiative, the Water Conservation and Efficiency Act and the Stanislaus Initiative Campaign, which appeared on the 1982 General Election ballot for California. Also contains some materials from the California Water Protection Council such as organizing letters, steering committee meeting agendas, notes and budgets.
Carton 13, Folder 13-40

Proposition 17 1970-1976

Carton 14, Folder 1-6

Proposition 17 1970-1976

Carton 19, Folder 4-25

Proposition 17 1970-1976

Carton 14, Folder 7-8

Miscellaneous legislation 1975-1983

Carton 14, Folder 26-30

Miscellaneous legislation 1975-1983

Carton 19, Folder 26-38

Miscellaneous legislation 1975-1983

Carton 14, Folder 9-24

Senate Bill 1482 / Assembly Bill 4460 1976-1979

Carton 14, Folder 25

Senate Bill 107 1977-1978

Carton 14, Folder 31

Senate Bill 192 1979

Carton 14, Folder 32

House Resolution 8096 1980

Carton 14, Folder 33

Assembly Joint Resolution No. 58 1980

Carton 15, Folder 1-3

Assembly Bill 2164 1979-1980

Carton 15, Folder 4

Senate Bill 89 1983

Carton 15, Folder 5

Assembly Bill 2050 1983

Carton 15, Folder 6-31

House Resolution 4223 1975-1981

Carton 16, Folder 1-5

House Resolution 4223 1975-1981

Carton 16, Folder 6-22

Proposition 13 1976-1982


Legal Cases 1973-1983

Physical Description: Cartons 17-18; Carton 19


Arranged chronologically by legal case.

Scope and Contents

Contains documentation on legal cases and appeals involving protecting the Stanislaus River including: Environmental Defense Fund and Sierra Club vs. Ellis Armstrong, Commission of Bureau of Reclamation (1973 U.S. Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit), Friends of the River vs. Clifford Alexander, jr. and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (1977 U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California) and U.S.A. vs. State of California, State Water Resources Control Board (1980 U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; 1981 U.S. Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit).
Carton 18, Folder 1

Environmental Defense Fund, et al. vs. Ellis Armstrong, Commissioner Bureau of Reclamation, et al. 1973

Carton 17, Folder 1-3

Environmental Defense Fund, Inc., et al. vs. Gilbert Stamm, et al. 1974-1978

Carton 18, Folder 3

Environmental Defense Fund, Inc., et al. vs. Gilbert Stamm, et al. 1974-1978

Carton 17, Folder 4-17

The United States of America vs. The State of California, et al. 1975-1982

Carton 18, Folder 4-10

The United States of America vs. The State of California, et al. 1975-1982

Carton 18, Folder 2

People of The State of California ex rel, Evelle J. Younger, Attorney General of The State of California, and California State Water Control Board vs. Martin R. Hoffman, Secretary of the United States Army, Lieutenant General John W. Morris, Chief of Engineers, United States Army, et al. 1976

Carton 17, Folder 18-23

North Fork Stanislaus River - State Water Resource Control Board Proceedings 1978-1980

Carton 18, Folder 15-17

North Fork Stanislaus River - State Water Resource Control Board Proceedings 1978-1980

Carton 18, Folder 11-13

Friends of the River, et al. vs. Clifford L. Alexander, Jr., Secretary of the United States Army, Lieutenant General John W. Morris, Chief of Engineers, Corps of Engineers, et al. 1977

Carton 18, Folder 14

Citizens Defense Fund vs. Edward J. Gallagher, Director Community Development Agency, Consolidated Government of the City of Anaconda-County of Deer Lodge, et al. 1978


Maps 1971-1981

Physical Description: Carton 19, folders 42-46; Oversize Folders 1B, 5A, 6B, 7B, 8C; Tubes 1-2


Arranged chronologically and by size.

Scope and Contents

Primarily includes maps by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and Department of Interior depicting the Stanislaus River and New Melones Lake areas.
Carton 19, Folder 42

United States Department of the Interior Geological Survey - State of California, Columbia Quadrangle 1973

Carton 19, Folder 43

California Wild and Scenic Rivers Classification Preliminary 1976

Carton 19, Folder 44

California Desert Wilderness Inventory, Final 1979

Carton 19, Folder 45

Stanislaus Recreation Map, annotated Undated

Carton 19, Folder 46

Water and Power Resources Service New Melones Recreation Area Undated

oversize_folder 1

The Mapmakers - illustrated map of Stanislaus River cultural and historic sites 1978

oversize_folder 5

Department of the Army Corp of Engineers, Sacramento District - power plant and appurtenances general and plan for Tuttletown Recreation Area and Mark Twain Recreation Area Phase 1 for New Melones Lake, Stanislaus River 1978-1981

oversize_folder 6

Department of Army Corp of Engineers, Sacramento District - aerial photographs showing flowage limits, project lands, easement areas and spawning gravels of New Melones Lake, Lower Stanislaus River, Master Plan 1977

oversize_folder 7

United States Department of the Interior Geological Survey copies of 1948 maps with notations of Murphy's Quadrangle and Columbia Quadrangle and map of Dietz Boathouse Inc. of Akron, Ohio 1971-1973

oversize_folder 8

Department of Army Corp of Engineers, Sacramento District - real estate of Lower Stanislaus River and lake area debris removal, clearing, structure clearing and vegetation clearing at New Melones Lake, Stanislaus River 1973-1980

Tube 1

Department of Army Corp of Engineers, Sacramento District - real estate of Goodwin Dam and Lower Stanislaus River 1971-1973

Tube 2

Department of Army Corp of Engineers, Sacramento District - debris removal, clearing plans, fence and gate plan, and cultural sites plan and description for New Melones Lake, Stanislaus River 1978


News Articles, Magazines and Clippings 1970-1995

Physical Description: Cartons 20-24; Oversize Boxes 1-2, Oversize Box 3, folders 1, 3-5; Oversize Folder 9A


Arranged chronologically into groups of news clippings and magazines and then non-F.O.R. newsletters.

Scope and Contents

Contains miscellaneous newspaper articles, magazines, clippings, editorials and opinion pieces, letters to editors, some research papers and newsletters published by organizations other than F.O.R. Some files are titled by subject, including Central Valley Project, Peripheral Canal and Tuolumne River. Note that some news clippings can also be found scattered throughout other series within subject files.
Carton 20, Folder 1-37

News clippings and magazines 1971-1983

Carton 21, Folder 1-33

News clippings and magazines 1978-1980

Carton 22, Folder 1-25

News clippings and magazines 1979-1982

Carton 23, Folder 1-31

News clippings, magazines and newsletters 1974-1995

Carton 24, Folder 1-31

News clippings and magazines 1970-1982, undated

oversize_box 1

Scrapbook of Proposition 17 news clippings 1974

oversize_box 2, Folder 1

Scrapbook of 1974 news clippings, including Row the River event coverage 1974

oversize_box 2, Folder 3-5

News clippings from black scrapbook 1980

oversize_box 3

Scrapbook of Stanislaus River news clippings 1976

oversize_folder 9

The Jimmy Carter Times newspaper campus edition, published by The Civilian Conservation Corp (Seattle, Washington) November 2, 1976 1976