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The creek was preserved in 2005, when legislation passed to make it the newest State Wild and Scenic River. Since then, the Cache Creek Wild project has shifted from preservation to conservation, with our next action to rid the wild and scenic 'wilderness run' of invasive tamarisk and aruno plants using volunteer kayak crews. Join us!
SUCCESS! - Cache Creek a Wild & Scenic River
Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Popular Rafting and Recreation Destination
Sacramento - California reinforced its commitment to preserving the Golden State's wild heritage today, when Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill that will add approximately 31 miles of Cache Creek, flowing primarily through public lands in Lake and Yolo Counties, to the California Wild & Scenic Rivers system.
Authored by Assembly member Lois Wolk (D-Davis), the Cache Creek bill received bipartisan support from county supervisors and city councils, dozens of businesses, conservation groups and scientists throughout California.
"This bill protects the environment and the water rights of many diverse stakeholders. The Governor did the right thing, not only for local residents, but for all Californians" added Ed Robey, Chair of the Lake County Board of Supervisors.
Wild and Scenic designation grants permanent protection to Cache Creek, prohibits new dams and water diversions, and helps protect wildlife, fisheries and the recreational opportunities Cache Creek provides for rafters, anglers, hikers and others. Designation will not affect the current management plans, invasive plant removal or mercury pollution abatement efforts.
The California Wild & Scenic Rivers Act (Public Resources Code Sec. 5093.50 et seq.) was passed in 1972. Today's signing brings the current number of rivers in California's Wild and Scenic system to thirteen. Conservation groups who backed the bill include Friends of the River, Cache Creek Wild, Trout Unlimited, Sierra Club and numerous other organizations. Republicans for Environmental Protection (REP America) also endorsed the legislation.
According to Steve Evans, Conservation Director of Friends of the River, "Assemblymember Wolk and the bill's supporters worked hard to address the interests of all who depend on this vital resource. It was a collaborative and bi-partisan effort, and we commend Governor Schwarzenegger on his action to preserve one of California's most spectacular wild places."
Bob Schneider of Cache Creek Wild adds, "We are ecstatic. State wide recognition for the wild and scenic values of Cache Creek is truly awesome. My thanks go out to the many volunteers that worked on this campaign and to the political leadership shown by Assemblymember Wolk and others that made this happen."