River Friendly Agriculture in the San Gregorio Watershed

California’s unique geography and Mediterranean climate have allowed the state to become one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. California produces over 250 different crops and leads the nation in the production of 75 commodities. Most of this production would not be possible without irrigation—agriculture and water are inextricably linked. In an… Read more »

Pond and Plug Timelapse in Indian Valley

Using pond and plug techniques, the Indian Valley meadow in California is on the path to recovery | Luke Hunt In 2012, American Rivers and the US Forest Service received a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Coca-Cola to restore Indian Valley meadow, in the headwaters of the Mokelumne River.  To track… Read more »

Growing Green Roofs in Triad

The Piedmont Triad Green Roof Symposium was a great start to develop more green roofs to curb stormwater runoff in North Carolina. Sitting in the foothills of North Carolina, the Triad– Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and High Point- has been reinventing itself as a transportation and logistics hub after the decline of the tobacco and textile industries…. Read more »

Colorado River

The Hardest Working River The Colorado River is a lifeline in the desert, its water sustaining tens of millions of people in seven states, as well as endangered fish and wildlife. Not only does the Colorado River provide drinking water to thirty-six million people and irrigate nearly four million acres of land, it also is… Read more »

Skiing, Snow, and Rivers – Making the Connection

Climate change is causing not only a lack of snow, but creating larger chain reactions everywhere.| © Gene Han In his New York Times opinion piece, “The End of Snow” Porter Fox explains the impact climate change is having on snow and the implications for the ski industry. He gets to the core issue when… Read more »

California Rain Welcome, But Likely Too Little Too Late

Click graph to enlarge | © UC San-Diego Center-for Western Weather and Weather Extremes Much of California is expected to receive rain over coming days from a series of storms lined up over the Pacific. However, it is unlikely to make a significant contribution to the overall drought situation. California is dependent on the snowpack… Read more »

Still A Few Large Steelhead Left In The Merced River… But For How Long?

Today’s guest blog about the #1 San Joaquin River and its tributaries (including the Merced River)— a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series— is from Michael Martin. Michael is a fly fisher currently serving as Director of the Merced River Conservation Committee. He has spent his career as a fisheries scientist working to… Read more »

More Snow from the Ski Industry

Don’t get snowed. The ski industry is continuing to push the bill that is bad for your rivers and could roll back environmental protections. Aspen’s at it again.  This time, they are promoting themselves in a video claiming that they are actively lobbying for solutions to the climate crisis.  They even made a trip all… Read more »

California Climate Change Funding Excludes Mountain Communities

In California, millions of dollars in state water and climate change funding is dispersed to disadvantaged communities (DACs). For example, an estimated $420 million of the 2014 water bond would support clean water for DACs and $200 million in carbon cap and trade revenues will be allocated to projects benefitting DACs. With hundreds of millions… Read more »