Drain 8 Million Gallon Reservoir Because of Some Pee?

Pee in our drinking water? First reaction might be, “Eww!” There has been a flurry of debate over the Portland Water Bureau’s decision to drain a drinking water supply reservoir after a man was caught urinating into it. What do you think – was it the right thing to do? Even in infinitesimal amounts, who… Read more »

Making Our Communities SAFE

The increasing trends of extreme weather we’ve seen over the last couple of years have just been confirmed; last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) new report found that the number of extreme events: increasing temperature, drought, rainfall and flooding, are in fact long term trends, so we’d all better get ready! Preparing… Read more »

Saving Sierra Nevada rivers from misguided dam proposals

The South Sutter Water District recently proposed the 350-ft Garden Bar dam on the Bear River approximately 45 miles northeast of Sacramento California. Garden Bar Reservoir would permanently flood approximately 2,500 acres in the lower Bear River, 900 of which are permanently protected public open space (Map2). At a cost of nearly half a billion… Read more »

The Origin of Water (Apologies to Darwin)

Where does our water come from? And how did it get there? For some folks the answer is the grocery store (and Fiji) but for most of us the answer is that it flows out of the tap when we turn it on. Though the reality is that the water does not just magically appear in either… Read more »

Colorado River Study: Will There Be Enough Water To Support The Demand?

Colorado River Delta | Peter McBride Will there be enough? “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.“ – W.H. Auden Yesterday, The Bureau of Reclamation issued its Final Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study. Authorized by Congress through the Secure Water Act of 2009 and jointly funded and prepared by the… Read more »

Announcing America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2013

Colorado River through the Grand Canyon | © Amy Kober For thirty years, our America’s Most Endangered Rivers report has highlighted urgent threats to rivers and has spurred the public to take action. Through the report, we have helped sound the alarm on hundreds of rivers, saving them from threats like pollution and new dams…. Read more »

Making Progress Means Investing In Every Drop

Take Action to Protect theColorado River Tell Congress to make a plan to restore the flows on the Colorado River! Making progress means investing in every drop. Kudos to the City of San Diego who seems to be ready to rise to the challenge of restoring balance to its water usage and the realities of… Read more »

Funding Green Infrastructure Solutions

NEW REPORT:Putting Green to Work: Economic Recovery Investments for Clean and Reliable Water American Rivers’ new report evaluates the groundbreaking water infrastructure investment in green infrastructure pioneered under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) that provided $1.2 billion for green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency, and environmental innovation. Our report highlights how states have… 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 »

Forest to Faucets: A New Model for Forest Management

This is a guest blog by Mike DeBonis. Mike is Executive Director at The Forest Guild, where he works to practice and promote ecologically, economically, and socially responsible forestry as a means of sustaining the integrity of forest ecosystems and the human communities dependent upon them. Download the complete Forest to Faucets report The traditional… Read more »