Wild River Campaign
seeks to protect Big Sur rivers
Hidden within the wild
backcountry of the northern Santa Lucia Mountains and along Monterey
County's spectacular Big Sur coast are a handful of free flowing
rivers and streams that retain the same wilderness character enjoyed
by the native Salinan and Esselen peoples centuries ago.
free-flowing rivers remain at risk of being degraded with dams,
diversions and other developments to serve our ever-growing population.
Only one local river, the Big Sur River, is fully protected with
both federal wilderness designation and by inclusion in the National
Wild and Scenic River System. Even rivers within federal Wilderness
Areas, are at risk of development if they are not part of the National
Wild and Scenic River System. Such rivers can be dammed and developed
by Presidential Executive Order.
To protect these rivers
and streams, the Sierra Club is teaming up with the California Wild
Heritage Campaign, the Ventana Wilderness Alliance and Friends of
the River to launch the Ventana Wild Rivers Campaign. We have only
begun this historic project, and are currently working to raise
the public awareness of seven outstandingly remarkable rivers for
permanent protection within the Forest Service boundary: Arroyo
Seco, Carmel River, Nacimiento River, San Antonio River, San Carpoforo,
Tassajara Creek, Willow Creek.
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