Friends of Deckers Creek

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Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC) started in 1995 with the thought that Deckers Creek is beautiful, but abused, and in need of some friends. An informal group of kayakers, rock climbers and other creek lovers started organizing clean-ups of illegal dumps and monitoring water quality. By 1997, this group began receiving small grants to support its work. FODC then obtained 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in 2000 and held its first membership drive in 2001.

In 1998, the state Department of Environmental Protection and federal Natural Resources Conservation Service committed $10 million to clean up acid mine drainage in the Deckers Creek watershed, an effort that continues to be guided by FODC even now.

FODC has set a remediation timeline of: "Fish by 2015, swim by 2020."