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 (Map1). 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… Read more »

Top 8 Reasons to Give to American Rivers in 2008

In 2008, American Rivers’ work led to unparalleled successes. Though we had many to pick from, we managed to come up with a list of our top 8 successes this year. Here they are (drumroll, please…): 1. Commemorating our 35 anniversary protecting and restoring the nation’s rivers to benefit people, wildlife and nature. 2. Negotiating… Read more »

American Rivers Opposes Raising Shasta Dam

Shasta Dam, Sacramento River, CA | Bureau of Reclamation The Bureau of Reclamation has studied the feasibility of raising its 602 ft high Shasta Dam on the Sacramento River to increase the dam’s storage capacity. For several reasons including the two we outline here, American Rivers opposes the raising of Shasta Dam as proposed. First,… Read more »

Meadows Field Season is Here!

Indian Valley, CA | © Julie Fair The high elevation regions of the Sierra form the headwaters of California and Nevada’s major rivers and the snowmelt from these areas provides the bulk of these states’ water supplies. Peppered along waterways at these elevations, are beautiful Sierra meadows. These popular recreation sites are critical to their… Read more »

Bay-Delta Conservation Plan

The Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is a collaborative planning effort between governmental regulatory agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the public, and is designed to achieve the co-equal goals of restoring the Delta’s ecosystem and improving water supply reliability for over 25 million Californians. The goals of the BDCP are to: Restore Bay-Delta habitat Reinvigorate native species,… Read more »

Expanding Meadow Restoration Across the Sierra Nevada

There are few places as majestic as a mountain meadow, and few landscapes that safeguard our rivers headwaters as well as a healthy meadow.  Over the last ten years, a series of meadow restoration demonstration projects in the Sierra have shown that large-scale meadow restoration can improve water supply, water quality, and habitat for fish… 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 »

Happy as a Beaver in a Rainy Mountain Meadow

Beaver hard at work on Norden Lake near Bear Valley, CA | © George Lamson Despite the long, severe drought we are experiencing in California I believe there is always room for a little hope and optimism. Some of that came to us recently in the way of badly needed rain. For a couple days before the… Read more »

San Francisquito Creek Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

www.americanrivers.org/SanFrancisquito Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named San Francisquito Creek among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014 today, shining a national spotlight on the impact Stanford University’s antiquated Searsville Dam is having on the health of the creek and its fish and wildlife. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save… Read more »

2014 California Water Bond [Proposition 1]

What is the California water bond? California Proposition 1, the Water Bond (Assembly Bill 1471) is a $7.12 billion package that, upon voter approval in November, will support a host of river restoration, water conservation and recycling, groundwater cleanup and water supply projects. What’s the position of American Rivers on the bond? American Rivers is… Read more »