November 27, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
In the 1970's, Otis Wollan became active in the Auburn Dam fight with Protect American River Canyons, and co-authored The American River: Insider's Guide to Recreation, Ecology and Cultural History of the North, Middle and South Forks. He ran for local election on an anti-dam platform, and ended up spending over twenty years serving as elected Director on Placer County Water Agency. After forty years, the dam proposal effectively died when we won the battle at California State Water Resources Control Board taking back from the federal government the water rights to build the dam. He served as Executive Director of the Committee for Sustainable Agriculture in the 1980's, leading to the 1990 Organic Food Act. He has served as Executive Director of Public Officials for Water and Environmental Reform in CA since 1992, which sponsored the California Water Policy Conference for over twenty years. Since 1998 he has been President of the American River Watershed Institute, project manager for the EPA-funded project that developed the Sierra Climate Change Watershed Yield Calculator, now project manager for the Save Bear River fight to Stop Centennial Dam on the Bear River. Today we talk about the efforts to stop this dam.