Not Just a Drop in the Bucket

This morning I woke up, brushed my teeth, took a shower, brewed a cup of tea and made a bowl of oatmeal, filled my iron and pressed my clothes, washed my dishes, got ready for work and went to the office. With the exception of turning off the faucet as I was brushing, and being… Read more »

River Policy Update: 2011 Wrap-Up

Welcome to the first edition of the new and improved “River Policy Update”! This monthly blog series will provide comprehensive and timely updates on federal laws and policies affecting rivers across the country. If you’d like to receive the policy update each month by email, sign up here and fill out the survey to let… Read more »

USGS Goes with the Flow

Whooosh!  Do you think that your favorite local river is flowing as free as can be?  Sorry to be the bearer of bad river news, but it probably is not, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).  Apparently 86% of rivers and streams that were assessed by USGS have significantly altered flows.  86%!!  That’s… almost all… Read more »

April Showers Bring May…

This post is part of a blog series for Getting Climate Smart, a joint effort by NRDC and American Rivers to guide state action on climate and water preparedness. Please join us for a one-hour webinar on May 14 at 3pm EDT, where we’ll provide highlights from our new guide, and state officials from California… Read more »

Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta

The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta once encompassed 350,000 acres of freshwater tidal wetlands and habitat for a host of native species, including millions of salmon.  Today, the Delta is a critical part of the water supply infrastructure for over 25 million Californians and a multi-billion dollar agricultural industry in the San Joaquin Valley. Destruction of… Read more »

Water Management in the Central Valley and Bay-Delta

Restoring the Central Valley and Bay-Delta Water management in California’s Central Valley and Bay Delta  has failed to keep up with changing economic, environmental, and social conditions.  Floodplains have been eliminated or severely damaged by levees and urban sprawl, and both human and natural communities have been cut off from their nearby rivers. A legacy… Read more »

American Rivers announces America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

www.AmericanRivers.org/MostEndangeredRivers www.AmericanRivers.org/SanJoaquin Washington, D.C. —  American Rivers today announced its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, naming California’s San Joaquin River the Most Endangered River in the country.  Outdated water management and excessive diversions, compounded by the current drought, have put the San Joaquin River at a breaking point. American Rivers is calling on… Read more »

New Update to Army Corps Project Selection Criteria

The new Interagency Guidelines will enable the Corps to consider projects that promote and protect natural ecosystem functions, like floodplains | Chris Young Yesterday was a big day for rivers.  On December 17, President Obama’s Council on Environmental Quality released the final Interagency Guidelines, the companion to the Principles and Requirements that were finalized in… Read more »