Home to Headwaters – Another Amazing Mokelumne Journey

Foothill Conservancy is so grateful for the amazing individuals who have dedicated their time and energy to bringing more attention to the role the Mokelumne River plays in our lives. While John Silva of Give Back Adventures was paddling towards the Golden Gate Bridge with his partner Steve, Nina was beginning her walk from Oakland to Highland Lakes, where John was coming from. Learn more about John’s adventure here, and visit Nina’s website here, and scroll down to read some excerpts from her website.  

Nina is currently walking more than 240 miles, tracing the Mokelumne River from her house to where her drinking water comes from.
Do you know where your water comes from?
I didn’t… until I was 26 years old
and I asked that question and then researched it myself. 
The answer for me and other East Bay residents is: 
The Mokelumne River

Home2Headwaters is a water walk from Oakland to the headwaters of the Mokelumne River – the river where East Bay Municipal Utility District sources drinking water for 1.4 million people in the eastern part of the San Francisco Bay Area. The walk will be documented and made into a short film that will be brought into Oakland and Berkeley public schools – as well as local public viewings – to teach people where their drinking water comes from.

​💧To help people understand where their water comes from
💧To bridge the gaps between urban residents, farmers in the Sacramento Delta region, plants and animals of the up-river ecology areas, and more
💧To bring awareness and respect to the life giving source that is the Mokelumne River
💧To create a sense of belonging for humans within the larger water cycle, increasing our ability to cope with and solve changing water resource issues due to climate change

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Leslie Smith, Sutter Creek, CA: Raised in Washington State, Leslie is a happy California transplant having moved to Sunny Sutter Creek full time in 2020. As a nascent fly fisher and lifelong skier, she is committed to the natural environment and brings extensive organizational and finance experience to the board from a nearly 40 year career in banking.