Local, statewide and national conservation, fish and recreation organizations are applauding the release
of the State Natural Resources Agency’s draft Mokelumne River Wild and Scenic Study Report, which
recommends adding 37 miles of the Mokelumne River to the California Wild and Scenic River System.
The report was mandated by the 2015 passage of Assembly Bill 142 (Bigelow, R-O’Neals).AB 142 was supported by local governments, water agencies, businesses and business groups, tribes and
outdoor-oriented nonprofit organizations. It required the Natural Resources Agency to conduct a study
to determine the suitability of sections of the upper Mokelumne River and North Fork Mokelumne for
inclusion in the state system. The study segments included in the bill start below Salt Springs Dam and
end at Pardee Reservoir’s flood surcharge pool downstream of Highway 49 near Jackson, with gaps
around PG&E facilities on the river.
The Resources Agency released the draft report for public comment on January 26. The study was
completed by an expert consulting firm, GEI Consultants, and informed by an updated wild and scenic
river-related water rights and diversion report by the California Research Bureau, a branch of the
California State Library.
The draft Mokelumne study is now available for public review and comment. Comments are due to the
California Natural Resources Agency by February 28. The agency will hold a public meeting to discuss
the study and hear public comments on Thursday, February 15, at the Mokelumne Hill Town Hall, 8283
Main St, Mokelumne Hill, beginning at 6 p.m.
Read the full press release here.