friends of river

Friends of the River

friends of riverFriends of the River identifies outstanding rivers in California and mobilizes positive citizen action to save them. F.O.R. works in collaboration with individuals, grassroots organizations, and local, state, and federal agencies to preserve, protect, and restore the ecosystems of these rivers as they flow within or through our state.


Flowing water exerts a powerful, magical pull on the human imagination. In symbolic language, rivers and streams represent the life force, consciousness, and creative energy. In literal terms, flowing water is a rich and complex ecosystem that supports millions of living creatures, from microscopic algae to tiny mayflies to fat salmon-and all the plants and animals that sustain them. From the clear, icy torrents of the High Sierra to the underground purling of the Los Angeles River, flowing water shapes our natural landscape and our inner lives.