The River: Use It Wisely & Let It Flow

With over 2.5 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area and over 200,000 acres of farmland in the Central Valley using Tuolumne water to for drinking water and crop irrigation, how we use our water matters! At the Tuolumne River Trust, we advocate for sustainable water use – balancing the needs of many stakeholders – in the following ways:

Use It Wisely

Rain or shine, saving water is always a good idea! We work hard every day to promote water conservation and reuse by working with water districts, businesses, and conservation groups, and other stakeholders to:
  • Support local and regional policies and programs that incentivize water-use efficiency and recycled water, and penalize water waste.
  • Advocate for sustainable water use and groundwater management in the Central Valley.
  • Promote sustainable groundwater management and use on the San Francisco Peninsula.
  • Host community forums on issues such as sustainable landscape management, Urban Water Management Plans, water budgets, and water reuse.

Let it Flow

We believe that the environment, ecosystem, fish, and animals that call the Tuolumne home need to get their fair share of water – just like people and agriculture. We work to improve river conditions by:

  • Advocating for higher unimpaired flows on the lower Tuolumne and San Joaquin Rivers through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) relicensing of Don Pedro Dam and licensing of La Grange Dam, and through the State Water Resources Control Board’s update of the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan.
  • Advocating for improved flows on the upper Tuolumne through the SFPUC’s O’Shaughnessy Dam Instream Flow Management Plan.
  • Advocating to dedicate our riparian water rights at Dos Rios and Hidden Valley Ranches to permanent instream flow.
Peter Drekmeier
Policy Director


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