From River Partners – It was a moment nearly 20 years in the making—fitting it took place on Earth Day—and River Partners has been there from the very beginning. After leading the largest private-public floodplain restoration project in California history, River Partners joined dozens of others, including state and local leaders and conservation advocates, to formally dedicate River Partners’ historic 1,600-acre Dos Rios Ranch Preserve as California’s newest state park and open to the public June 12. California natural-resource and conservation leaders are calling for 100,000 acres of critical river restoration throughout the Central Valley over the coming decades to support healthy ecosystems, water conservation, flood safety, sustainable agriculture, and the urgent recovery of populations of wildlife found nowhere else on Earth. Projects like Dos Rios demonstrate the power of nature-based solutions for California’s environment and communities in the face of a changing climate.

By 2030, River Partners aims to acquire up to 30,000 acres of riverside lands—and double our pace of restoration—to build a more resilient future for the state. Among those helping with the Earth Day dedication were California Governor Gavin Newsom, First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot, California State Parks Director Armando Quintero, California Secretary for Environmental Protection Yana Garcia, and labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, who grew up in nearby Stockton. (more)