Yakima Basin Conservation Campaign

A vital resource for both the well-being of wildlife and the livelihoods and recreation of people of central Washington state and beyond, the Yakima River is in need of an innovative solution that ensures the sustainable use and enjoyment of the river. Beginning high in the Cascade Range and eventually joining the Columbia River, the… Read more »

Meadow Restoration Publications

Download the Meadow Publication PDFs below: Evaluating and Prioritizing Meadow Restoration in the Sierra.  American Rivers and colleagues introduce tools to assess meadow condition, prioritize meadows for restoration, and monitor the effects of restoration.  Data are presented for meadows in the Yuba and Mokelumne Watersheds. Meadow Scorecard: A Rapid Assessment Tool.  Science staff from American… Read more »

Mountain Meadow Restoration

If you spend time hiking in California’s Sierra Nevada, there’s a good chance that you will find your way to a mountain meadow. The beauty and lush contrast of meadows compared to the surrounding forest make them favorite destinations. Meadows cover only a small fraction of the overall landscape, but are critical to the larger… Read more »

Barrier Removals in California

Fish passage barrier removal Since 1999, when American Rivers spearheaded the effort to remove the Edwards Dam from the Kennebec River in Maine, we have led the national movement to remove obsolete dams and other barriers from rivers. Since 2001, American Rivers has partnered with NOAA to help communities around the country restore their local… Read more »

Fishing the Green River in Colorado

Green River, CO | Carfull…vacation over A couple weeks ago I joined Scott Willoughby of the Denver Post on a float fishing trip on the Green River in the remote Northwest corner of Colorado.  Few people know about or have much less fished this section of one of the West’s most iconic trout rivers.  We… Read more »

California Continues to Prepare for a Changing Climate

In a new report California is taking the lead to tackle climate change at the local and state levels | California Climate Change Center With one of the worst droughts in the last 50 years parching over 50% of the country, and record breaking temperatures scorching communities nationwide, it is a relief to see that… Read more »

Sewer Line Breaks, Dumping Raw Sewage in the Hudson

Dirty water in NY waterways | Tom Giebel/Atomische.com Many of our programs and efforts here at American Rivers are focused on creating the “right” water infrastructure for our communities. Particularly in older towns and cities, like the Hudson River Valley town where I live, our water and sewer pipes are more than a century old,… Read more »

Clean Water Financing Gets a Boost on the Hill

Columbia River Gorge, OR | Stacey Detwiler If you’ve been keeping an eye on the state of funding for water infrastructure over the past few years, you may have noticed a general trend. Like most federal funding these days, programs that provide critical funds for water infrastructure have been steadily cut. The Clean Water and… Read more »

Water Experts Available to Comment on Drought Science, Politics, and Solutions

Washington, DC – This summer, more than 55 percent of the United States is in a moderate to extreme drought situation. Farmers are losing crops, businesses are losing revenue, and communities are scrambling to address dwindling drinking water sources. As the nation’s leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams, American… Read more »

Extreme Drought And Its Challenges To The US’s Clean Water Supply

U.S. Drought Monitor Map | Richard Heim, NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC This summer we have seen and felt the impacts of one of the worst droughts in the last 50 years. As of late June, over 55% of the country was experiencing moderate to extreme drought. The map to the right illustrates the drought’s far-reaching impacts; and while… Read more »