Restoring Meadows Like Beavers Lives Depend On It

Measuring the beaver dams | Max Odland “Four point six feet,” I say, pulling a stadia rod out of the water and back onto the inflatable kayak, “but I think it’s deeper over there.” I’m measuring the depth of a beaver pond in a Sierra Nevada meadow that American Rivers is restoring this summer. I… Read more »

Congress Begins Process of Reforming the Corps

WASHINGTON, DC – The Senate today passed the conference report for the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2007. The conference report passed the House on August 1, 2007. The bill will now be sent to the President, who has threatened to veto the $21 billion dollar authorization bill. The legislation being sent to the… Read more »

Mussel sampling is a fun way to experience your river

I was fortunate to join a mussel sampling expedition on the Cedar River in Iowa a couple weeks ago. The Iowa DNR is updating their statewide inventory of mussels, so they are sampling many new areas as well as repeating visits to sites that were known to host mussel populations years ago. Biologists at the… Read more »

Restore the Yakima River and its salmon!

For nearly three years, I’ve been working with the Yakama Indian Nation and conservation partners at the National Wildlife Federation, The Wilderness Society, and Trout Unlimited (among others) to negotiate a package of habitat restoration and protection and water management measures to restore central Washington’s Yakima River and its salmon and steelhead in a way… Read more »

The Tale of Two Rivers (and one very large river basin): as the Mississippi River flooding lingers, communities along the Missouri River are witnessing unprecedented flooding

As communities begin to recover from flooding along the Mississippi River, communities along the Missouri River [PDF] from the Dakotas to Iowa to Nebraska to Missouri are bracing for unprecedented flooding. The flooding is unprecedented due to record levels of snowfall (see NY Times image below) in the Rocky Mountains, snow that is late to… Read more »

Hurricane Sandy update from Darby Creek, Pennsylvania

Some American Rivers staff were in the field earlier today, checking out a dam removal project site on Darby Creek, near Philadelphia, PA. Here are two videos from the site, amidst the early winds and rain from advancing Hurricane Sandy. American Rivers is working to remove four barriers in the creek and promote green infrastructure… Read more »