A Valentine'S Day Invitation to Fall In Love With Bear River
It’s Valentine’s Day. Let’s just relax and take this moment to deepen our love affair with the Bear! Imagine a resilient, sustainable source of high quality water, recreation and peaceful contemplation, restored habitat and respect for our native people’s heritage. The rivers around us have become models for what’s possible:
To our north, the Yuba River has thrived under “Wild & Scenic” protection for fifty years and is a foundation for recreational and tourist branding in our area.
On our south, the failed Auburn Dam project has given birth to the American River Recreation Area with 2 million visitors a year, and is a vital part of Auburn’s economy.
Why not appreciate, restore and preserve the living Bear River in the same way? Friends of Bear River, a network of local residents and community advocates, has begun imagining what could happen after the Nevada Irrigation District (NID) Board and Management finally decide to reject the Centennial Dam proposal. After jumping the gun a decade ago by purchasing over $10 million in properties along the 7 miles of Bear River between Combie Reservoir and Rollins Reservoir, NID leadership is realizing that raising Rollins Dam may just be a better option. That means NID should sell these lands along the Bear River, and use the revenue to prevent huge rate increases. At the heart of those properties is the “Bear River Fishing Access” (formerly a Placer County Campground), as well as another very popular recreation point at Dog Bar Bridge. Another good access to the river waiting to be developed is Ben Taylor Road, the historic stage coach route between Nevada City gold and the Colfax railroad. Let’s come together and make sure the outcome of this sale is a seven mile longriver parkway so our love affair with the Bear is eternal. Stay tuned, and get involved.
NOTE: Your donation goes to American River Watershed Institute (a 501 c3 non-profit organization) and can be tax-deductible (consult your financial advisor).