At the Stockton City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 6th, Mayor Ann Johnston made history by proclaiming the week encompassing Earth Day as “Calaveras River Appreciation Week,” to include Stockton’s first ever Steelhead Festival!

FLCR was given 5 minutes to present our work on the Calaveras River before City Council.

After our presentation, Mayor Johnston made the following Proclamation:

Earth Day, observed on April 22, is a celebration aimed at educating and making citizens more aware of the natural world, “of all wondrous things natural.” It is a nationally observed day to remember our natural world and celebrate our natural treasures.

The Lower Calaveras River is a one of those natural treasure in the City of Stockton, providing essential habitat for fish and wildlife, especially the threatened steelhead trout and fall-run Chinook salmon. The river also provides recreational opportunities for our citizens in a natural setting. In recognition of the importance of the Lower Calaveras River to Stockton’s community, the Friends of the Lower Calaveras River, a group of concerned citizens and organizations in Stockton, has come together to promote the sustainable management of the river by increasing public awareness and educating citizens about the important, but long-neglected waterway that runs through our city and adjacent communities.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ANN JOHNSTON, as Mayor of the City of Stockton, and on behalf of the Stockton City Council, do hereby proclaim that the week encompassing Earth Day shall henceforth be celebrated as

Calaveras River Appreciation Week,

In the City of Stockton, appropriate festivities and educational activities shall be scheduled for this week of celebration, such as a Steelhead Festival.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Stockton to be affixed the 6th day of April, Two-Thousand-Ten