A New Path for Infrastructure

Green roofs are one of the tools American Rivers uses to help manage stormwater runoff | © Etera American Rivers has been working for years to help create a vision for a new normal for infrastructure in this country. The rapid growth in populations across many cities has put a huge burden on the aging… Read more »

Restoring Savannah River Shoals: Two States, a Canal and a Redhorse

The Augusta Shoals is a critical reach of the Savannah River near Aiken, South Carolina and Augusta, Georgia. “Shoals” are stretches of shallow, rocky rapids and were once common in Southeast Rivers – but many of these rivers have been drowned by dams. Shoals provide unique habitat for freshwater fish and mussels. More than 4… Read more »

Water Efficiency in North Carolina

North Carolina is at a crossroads. The combination of population growth and climate change will put increased stress on available water. Communities are scrambling to identify water supply solutions and, as documented in the Hidden Reservoir’s report, water efficiency is the quickest, cheapest way to assure reliable long term water supply.  Water Efficiency Policy The… Read more »

A Bear of a Trip in the Golden Trout Wilderness

The small and beautiful California golden trout is a lot of fun for catch and release fly fishing | © Jacob Dyste The California golden trout is a distinctively beautiful fish that is native only in two small watersheds in the southern Sierra Nevada. Golden trout evolved out of isolation in a distinctive part of… Read more »

What Does a Government Shutdown Mean for Rivers?

With the National Parks closed no one can enjoy the beauty of the Elwha River in Olympic National Park, WA | © Lance McCoy Rivers and those who depend upon them will pay a price if the government shutdown continues much longer. The causes of the shutdown, the legislative battles over the Affordable Care Act, the… Read more »

Water Rights Bill Snowballs Into Disaster For Rivers And Public Lands

The Water Rights bill puts private use over the right of public use, such as maintaining healthy water flow for wildlife. Take Action: Tell Congress to Oppose this River-Destroying Bill Every flood begins with one drop of water. It can also be said that every avalanche begins with a snowflake. As winter sets in across… Read more »

Rivers And Streams Of California Closed To Fishing As Drought Persists

With low flows in rivers and streams around California, reservoirs such as Folsom Reservoir on the American River, pictured here, are unlikely to be replenished soon | © Jacob Dyste As extreme drought conditions continue to persist across California, the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) has banned fishing in over 30 streams and… Read more »

Chorus of voices opposes ski industry’s bill

H.R. 3189 would allow private water users to dry up rivers with impunity | © dalioPhot With a vote tomorrow in the House, the chorus opposing HR 3189, the so-called “Water Rights Protection Act” is louder than ever. More than 31,000 citizens have taken action against this bill that is poorly written, overly broad, and… Read more »

Journey to Bull Meadow

This is a guest blog by California American Rivers intern, Jon Fairchild. Jon’s internship is supported by the Patagonia Employee Internship Program. Bull Meadow, CA | © Jon Fairchild As a very fortunate American Rivers intern, I had the opportunity to do a couple of days of field work in the Stanislaus National Forest near… Read more »