Who We AreFriends of the Shasta River

Friends of the Shasta River is a grassroots group that was formed in November, 2020 by a group of concerned local citizens who live, work and recreate in the Shasta River basin. Several of us are riparian property owners, some of us have worked, in various capacities, on Shasta River issues for decades.

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Our Mission

The restoration of Shasta River water quantity and quality for the benefit of wildlife and humanity

Our Projects

Restoring Instream Flows

Key to the Shasta River’s revival–for salmon, other wildlife and people–is the restoration of instream flows with sufficient quantity and quality to allow for the recovery of salmon and other species.

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FOSR members are actively participating in Siskiyou County’s planning to meet the California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

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CA Climate Change Plan

The plans being made today need to be forward-looking and conservative in a time of huge uncertainty, not just a tweaking of past efforts.

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Together we can make a difference

We welcome your financial support as well as your personal support as a volunteer. Are you able to provide hands on help with your existing skills? Eager to learn and help in our gloves-off efforts to turn things around in our watershed before its too late? Interested in being a member of our Board of Directors? Contact Us

Our Focus

  • Bringing proper balance into uses of the river
  • Supporting indigenous rights
  • Providing ongoing oversight of stream flow and health, and salmon response
  • Blocking harmful projects, building local knowledge and support for the river.
  • Our Recent Wins!

    Sued NOAA Fisheries and won! for violating the provisions of the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act in the Safe Harbor program they rolled out in the Shasta River watershed. That program, as newly interpreted by NOAA, would have created an end run around the ESA nationwide. This was a major victory for everyone. Read more here.

    Blew the whistle on longstanding use of a riparian water right to irrigate non-riparian ground

    Notice of violation issued and enforcement now in process regarding this illegal use of water

    Blocked $3.3 million in fishery restoration grant funding mostly aimed at improving irrigation delivery system for the above unauthorized water use

    Blocked $6.3 million in funding for pipeline that would have made it quicker, easier and cheaper to divert more water from the river by proving that there would be almost no river benefits what-so-ever.

    Shasta River in the News

    February 24, 2022 – Friends of the Shasta River and partners announce intent to sue feds over Shasta River ‘safe harbor’ agreements

    Today, February 24, 2022, on behalf of the Friends of the Shasta River and Environmental Protection
    Information Center, the Western Environmental Law Center notified the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the groups’ intent to challenge its flawed Shasta River safe harbor program in federal court.

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