Lower American River Conservancy Program - AB 1716:
The governor signed Assembly Bill 1716, the bill to create a state conservancy program for the Lower American River Parkway, on September 16, 2016. Thank you to everyone who sent letters and pictures to Governor Brown in support of the bill.
Use of Discovery Park as a Large Concert Special Event Venue:
SARA has consistently been opposed to large concert special events in the American River Parkway, specifically Discovery Park.
Off-paved Trail Cycling Pilot:
A proposal currently under review will allow a new pilot program of off-paved trail bicycle use in the Woodlake and Cal Expo Areas.
Lake Natoma Waterfront and Trail Access Enhancement Project:
The City of Folsom is proposing an urban-type park development in the Lake Natoma portion of the American River Parkway. SARA is very concerned about this project, one that will change the “wilderness with trails character” of the Parkway – and establish a bad precedent.
SAFCA's Proposed Levee Improvement Assessment:
SARA supports the proposed SAFCA flood protection assessment, with the understanding that the Bank Protection Working Group will continue to do the work necessary to protect the 11 miles of the Lower American River proposed for erosion protection.
Illegal Camping on the American River Parkway:
SARA believes that the occurrence of illegal camping in the Parkway would likely be reduced if adequate housing and services were available as an alternative. However, SARA firmly believes that lack of such housing and services does not justify cessation or reduction of efforts to enforce illegal camping ordinances in the Parkway so as to achieve and maintain the community standard embodied in the Parkway Plan.
Read SARA's 9/8/15 letter to the Supervisors.
American River Bridge Crossing:
SARA continues to oppose cars added to the Downtown Natomas Airport (DNA) lightrail/bike/pedestrian bridge across the American River at Truxel Road.
McKinley Village Project:
SARA continues to monitor this proposed project for impacts to the American River Parkway in the region of the Parkway from Discovery Park to CSUS.
Read SARA'S 7/9/13 letter concerning the Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for the McKinley Village Project.
Joint Operations Center:
SARA is partnering with concerned stakeholders to prevent the US Bureau of Reclamation, the California Department of Water Resources and the National Weather Service from relocating their Joint Operation Center to federally owned land adjacent to the American River Parkway.