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TUOLUMNE RIVER PRESERVATION TRUST

aka Tuolumne River Trust   |   Sonora, CA   |  http://www.tuolumne.org

Mission

The Tuolumne River Trust is the voice for the River. We promote stewardship of the River through:

education, community outreach, and adventures;
collaboration with a diverse array of stakeholders;
on-the-ground restoration work;
advocacy and grassroots organizing to demonstrate public support for our work.

We want every person who benefits from the Tuolumne to know that their food was grown from its water, their tap water comes from it, their wild salmon were hatched in its gravels, and their backpacking, fishing and rafting trip depend on its health.

Ruling year info

1983

Executive Director

Mr. Patrick Koepele

Main address

P.O. Box 3727

Sonora, CA 95370 USA

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EIN

94-2834151

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Parks and Playgrounds (N32)

Community Coalitions (S21)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our three key program areas, educate, advocate, and restore focus on protecting the Tuolumne River watershed and its surrounding communities from the impacts of climate change. By educating our community about the challenges facing the river (over use, poor management, climate change, outdated policies), they can take action to advocate for better policies and management practices that restore critical habitat for the environment, native species, and people who inhabit communities throughout the watershed.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Tuolumne River Adventure Club

The Tuolumne River Adventure Club (TRAC) is one of the Tuolumne River Trust's educational programs. The program seeks to lower barrier to underserved youth in Stanislaus County, California by providing leadership development, river safety training, and canoe skills led by culturally relevant adult mentors who serve as role models. By providing healthy, engaging, and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities centered in and around the Tuolumne River, the program increases environmental awareness and stewardship of the Tuolumne River.

Population(s) Served

"Trekking" is a CA-content standards based environmental education program for 4th and 5th graders in Stanislaus County. Through classroom lessons, use of outdoor classrooms along the Tuolumne River, and service learning projects, students learn river ecology and wise water use.

Population(s) Served

This program in the San Francisco Bay Area encourages residents, businesses and water agencies to incorporate water saving techniques and policies so that water saved can flow down the Tuolumne River and out to the Bay-Delta.

Population(s) Served

This program is a CA-content standards based classroom presentation for 4th - 6th graders in counties in the Bay Area that receive Tuolumne River Water (San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo and northern Santa Clara Counties.) It teaches students where their water comes from, how to use water wisely, and how to be good river stewards.

Population(s) Served

In response to the devastating Rim Fire, which burned 20% of the Tuolumne Watershed in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in fall of 2013, Tuolumne River Trust is working with partner organizations and agencies, including the Stanislaus National Forest Service, on plans and securing funding for restoration activities. Tuolumne River Trust is also organizing volunteers for restoration activities and promoting local businesses, which lost significant income during the fire.

Population(s) Served

Dennett Dam was an abandoned and deadly low head dam near downtown Modesto, CA. Tuolumne River Trust developed plans and secured funds for its removal, which was completed in 2018.

Population(s) Served

In 2012, Tuolumne River Trust and our project collaborator, River Partners, secured the final funding to purchase the 1,600 acres Dos Rios Ranch at the confluence of the Tuolumne and San Joaquin Rivers so that it could be restored to native habitat. River Partners is leading the restoration effort while Tuolumne River Trust is organizing volunteers and community education opportunities.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Conservation Champion Award 2007

Senator Barbara Boxer

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people receiving safe drinking water from community systems

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bay Area Water Stewardship

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Tuolumne River provides drinking water to over 2.7 million Bay Area residents from San Francisco to Santa Clara County.

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Preteens

Related Program

Trekking the Tuolumne River

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

260 Central Valley students were educated about the Tuolumne River watershed in our Trekking the Tuolumne Program

Total number of fields trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Offered over 25 outdoor recreation opportunities -- canoeing, fishing, biking, camping, hiking, rafting, and more! A total of 60 adults and youth participated in these activities.

Acres of natural habitat restored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rim Fire Recovery

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Restoration of 9 acres of meadow habitat with invasive plant and small conifer removal in the Tuolumne watershed and headwaters forest regions.

Total pounds of debris collected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through Operation 9-2-99 monthly river cleanups, 510 volunteers removed nearly 56 tons of trash from the lower Tuolumne River near Modesto, CA

Number of trees planted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rim Fire Recovery

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

109,566 trees planted in 583 acres planted in the Rim Fire burn in Stanislaus National Forest.

Number of testimonies offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bay Area Water Stewardship

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Testified at 58 public agency meetings and hearings, and submitted 146 pages of technical comments.

Number of briefings or presentations held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bay Area Water Stewardship

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Gave 20 presentations at public forums and to community organizations.

Number of meetings or briefings held with policymakers or candidates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bay Area Water Stewardship

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Testified at 58 public agency meetings and hearings, and submitted 146 pages of technical comments.

Number of media articles reflecting preferred issue framing

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bay Area Water Stewardship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Had editorials published in the San Francisco Chronicle and Modesto Bee, and contributed to more than a dozen newspaper articles.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Last year we started a new volunteer initiative enabled us to expand our impact. We worked with 348 volunteers (70 of those youth) on 35 days of work, with 11 different partner organizations and agenc

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our volunteers to several different programs donatet 5,549 hours of labor that benefited our public lands.

Number of individuals attending briefings and presentations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bay Area Water Stewardship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

115 active adults and youth, as well as 25 community stakeholders, participated in civic engagement and advocacy opportunities to improve riverside communities.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We want every person who benefits from the Tuolumne to know that their food was grown from its water, their tap water comes from it, their wild salmon were hatched in its gravels, and their backpacking, fishing and rafting trip depend on its health. We seek a healthy river that is:

- Teeming with fish and wildlife
- Safe for drinking, fishing and swimming
- Held in trust as a refuge for our children and grandchildren

We are well-respected in the communities in which we work from the Sierra to the Bay Area because we are a truly watershed-wide organization that believes in collaborating with diverse groups of people to find workable solutions for the River. We have a multi-faceted approach to achieving our objectives that broadly include grass roots advocacy for sustainable water management, environmental education, and restoration and rehabilitation.

More specifically, we work to achieve our vision through the following seven strategic initiatives:

1. Explore and Learn About the Tuolumne, includes programs in the Bay and Central Valley focused on educating youth about good environmental stewardship through hands-on activities both in schools and our favorite classroom: on the Tuolumne.

2. Keep the Tuolumne Wild Campaign focuses on efforts to protect the Tuolumne and its tributaries through our advocacy work

3. Clean up the Tuolumne includes volunteer trash clean ups and our water quality program, as a feature of hands-on learning for youth participants

4. Restore the Tuolumne includes on-the-ground work to repair damaged (degraded?) forests, wetlands, spawning beds, and floodplains for wildlife and parks for people.

5. Use the Tuolumne Wisely includes our programmatic efforts to work with municipalities and other local partners to improve water management with a focus on efficient water use and conservation

6. Let the Tuolumne Flow focuses on our advocacy work with irrigation districts and the California Water Board to improve the health of the Tuolumne by increasing instream flows

7. Advance the Tuolumne River Trust focuses on our concerted efforts to create a robust, sustainable institution that will safeguard precious environmental resources for generations to come

8. Improve the Resiliency of the Tuolumne includes our work to ensure the river and watershed are able to adapt to a changing climate, recover from extreme drought, warmer temperatures, and reduced snowpack, while also reducing carbon in the Earth's atmosphere.

Since our founding in 1981, we have accrued nearly 35 years of experience. In this time, the Tuolumne River Trust has made remarkable progress toward our vision. With nine staff working in San Francisco, Modesto and Sonora, we are the only organization working throughout the watershed.

With a successful track record of collaborative efforts that have produced workable solutions for the River, we are well respected by people from all sides of the political spectrum. As a result, TRT has won several major victories since our founding in 1981, including:
• Wild and Scenic designation for 83 miles of the Tuolumne (1984)
• Protecting the Clavey River from a series of dams (1994)
• Improved flows for salmon in the Lower Tuolumne River (1995)
• Development of The Lower Tuolumne River Parkway—25 projects that provide habitat for wildlife and places for people to enjoy and learn about the river (2004)
• Convincing the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to drop plans to divert an additional 25 million gallons of water per day from the river (2008)
• Educating more than 30,000 elementary school students about the Tuolumne River and what they can do to help protect it (2005 – present)
• Acquiring 1,600 acres along the Tuolumne and San Joaquin Rivers to provide habitat for fish and wildlife and outdoor education opportunities for people (2012)

1. We have not yet brought the Tuolumne in compliance with state and federal clean and safe drinking water standards. We continue to work on these issues by advocating for increased water releases from Don Pedro Dam and by removing trash from the river.

2. We've made progress with our water conservation efforts (and have reduced demand by 50 mgd in Bay Area) but we haven't yet reached our goals. While we have focused our efforts in the Bay Area, groundwater legislation, urban and agricultural water management plans provide opportunities for improving water conservation in the Central Valley.

3. We are still a ways from reestablishing an average salmon population of 40,000, but the main channels for achieving success, namely, dam re-licensing and the SWRCB Bay-Delta Proceeding), are still up and coming in spite of recent delays.

4. We've succeeded in ensuring that no new dams or diversions have been built and we actively defeated San Francisco's attempt to divert more water as well as Turlock and Modesto's Irrigation Districts attempt to build a small “pumped storage" reservoir. That said, we remain vigilant in our efforts to identify new potential threats that may compromise the health of the Tuolumne.

5. We have successfully added 2,100 acres of protected land and have helped bring resources to restore an additional 100 acres.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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TUOLUMNE RIVER PRESERVATION TRUST

Board of directors
as of 07/07/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

John Kreiter


Board co-chair

Harrison (Hap) Dunning

Eric Heitz

Tapeats Partners, LLC

Bill Maher

No Affiliation

Marty McDonnell

Sierra Mac River Trips

Camille King

No Affiliation

Bart Westcott

No Affiliation

Cindy Charles

No Affiliation

Kerstyn Crumb

No Affiliation

Eddie Corwin

Google

John Nimmons

Eric Riemer

Harrison (Happ) Dunning

No Affiliation

Jose Borroel

Bob Hackamack

No Affiliation

Homero Mejia

No Affiliation

Marek Robinson

ARTA River Trips

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/7/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability