As Senior Policy Advocate for Friends of the River (FOR), Ron Stork’s award-winning work over the years has helped establish FOR as a leader in the protection and conservation of our wild and scenic rivers. (Learn about Ron’s statewide advocacy work.)
Friends of the River was founded in 1973 during the struggle to save the Stanislaus River from inundation by the New Melones dam. Today, FOR remains at the forefront of river conservation, successfully winning victories locally while setting national precedents for effective environmental action.
Friends of the River is dependent upon the long-term support of donors who care deeply about river and water conservation work. Gifts to the Ron Stork River-Advocate Legacy Fund at Placer Community Foundation help to sustain their work today and prepare for continued and unforeseen challenges that lay ahead.
Friends of the River’s successes to date include:
- Protecting or restoring over 2,500 miles of California rivers including the Kings, Kern, Merced, Klamath, Tuolumne, South Yuba, Sisquoc, Big Sur, East Carson and West Walker rivers, as well as Sespe and Cache Creeks
- Defeating efforts to build an Auburn Dam on the American River
- Protecting Deer Creek, Mill Creek, and the McCloud River from new dams and staving off damaging hydroelectric projects on the Mokelumne, Kings and Clavey rivers
- Improving flows for rivers controlled by hydropower dams, restoring fish populations and improving recreation opportunities
- Preserving runs of endangered Coho and Chinook salmon and winter steelhead
- Training thousands of activists to save their local rivers.