Happy Birthday, NEPA!

America’s first modern environmental law – the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) – turned 40 last week. That’s cause to celebrate: NEPA set forth environmental protection and conservation as an official policy of the U.S. government. It also created a structured environmental review process that requires federal agencies to assess the ramifications of their actions… Read more »

Southeast water and beyond

Guest post by Gerrit Jobsis, southeast regional director of American Rivers: I was pleased to serve on a discussion panel after the showing of the award winning documentary film, FLOW – For Love of Water, directed by Irena Salina.  The film chronicles the dire prospect of a global shortage of clean water and how multinational… Read more »

Where does my water come from?

My one year old daughter Aviva sits in the bath tub and marvels at the sprinkle of water that splashes her face. She swats it and surprises herself. Overjoyed, she leans over, drinks it and smiles. It is magic! Or at least, it seems like it to her. But it is not magic. It’s an intricate system of… Read more »

Native Youth Restore Headwaters

Hope Valley, CA | Sierra Native Alliance On Sunday, Native youth from the Sierra foothills and American Rivers’ staff got into the mud and planted hundreds of willows along an eroding stretch of Wolf Creek. Wolf Creek is the most recent in an 8-month series of teaching and restoration projects we have worked on with the… Read more »

The Story of the San Saba River

Today’s guest blog about the #3 San Saba River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is a historical perspective from Bob Davee, a local long-term resident, rancher, and farmer in the San Saba River Basin.  Bob was born and raised in McCulloch County, where his family has lived since his Great Grandpa… Read more »

Colorado

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2013: Colorado River Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming At Risk: Recreation economy, water supply, and wildlife habitat Threat: Outdated water management Spanish language Press Release and Colorado Report Map of Colorado River Basin including annual average water flows and dams (PDF) Watch the Colorado’s video (full screen button… Read more »

Bear Valley Meadow Restoration Project

American Rivers is leading efforts to restore 280 acres of wetland meadow habitat in the northern Sierra Nevada. This innovative project will provide the first model of how to restore both cultural and ecological integrity to Sierra Nevada meadows while simultaneously integrating climate change predictions into the restoration design process. Situated between the bustling Sacramento… Read more »

Cheoah River Flows Again

Cheoah River by Abby Rose Cantrell When the Tallassee Power Company (or TAPOCO) closed the gates on the Santeetlah Dam in 1928, North Carolina’s Cheoah River vanished. For nearly 75 years, the riverbed was almost completely dry. At the Santeetlah dam, the Cheoah’s entire flow disappeared into a steel pipe that cut though a mountain… Read more »