National Flood Awareness Week — An Opportunity to Communicate Flood Risk

This week is National Flood Awareness Week, so when I heard that NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams would be broadcasting a “Fleecing of America” story on FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Policy (NFIP), I eagerly tuned in. I was hoping to finally see the mainstream media dive into the complex issue of flood insurance. Perhaps… Read more »

Sierra Meadows Rx

What comes to mind when you glimpse a mountain meadow?  Is it awe, tranquility, the urge to grab your fishing gear and go? What you may not know is that these meadows are also key elements of our nation’s water infrastructure. Healthy meadows in the Sierra Nevada soak up flood flows and slowly release the… Read more »

What Can We Learn From the Mississippi River Flooding?

When the US Army Corps of Engineers blew the levee at Birds Point and the New Madrid Floodway, it sparked a heated debate. We can ask whether this particular by-pass was a idea or not, but that decision was made 80 years ago, right or wrong. One thing is for sure in a changing climate —… Read more »

Under Attack: The Wild and Scenic Merced River

Take Action to Protect theMerced River This is a serious threat to not only the Merced River, but all Wild and Scenic protections are at risk of being rolled back. Please take action to protect our heritage rivers. Representative Tom McClintock introduced legislation (H.R. 934) that would roll back protections for nearly a mile of… Read more »

California Region

California Region Hot Creek,  CA | Jacob Dyste In California we are spearheading some of the most innovative solutions to restore and protect our rivers seen anywhere in the country. Whether it is restoring meadows in the Sierra, which provides water for 65% of Californians, reducing flood risk and restoring rivers in the Central Valley… Read more »

Flood Bypasses in California

Restoring floodplains protects our cities, jobs, and industry. Flood bypasses divert floodwaters away from urban areas and into less developed lands. California’s state engineer, William Hammond Hall, first proposed a system of bypasses in a report to the state legislature in 1880. The resulting Yolo Bypass has reduced the flooding that once plagued Sacramento for… Read more »

Day in the Life: Kerri McLean, River Restoration Program

Most of the time I use the law to protect rivers, but sometimes I get to get on the ground to help remove dams! The best part about being a professional dam buster is that it requires all sorts of skills, from project management, to collaboration and negotiation, to overseeing regulatory compliance. But at heart I… Read more »

Searching for Steelhead in San Francisquito

Searsch for Steelhead, San Francisquito Creek, CA | © Kerri McLean My search for steelhead on San Francisquito Creek yesterday didn’t yield any fish, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Despite a major ongoing drought in California, we were lucky enough to have one significant rain event in Northern California a couple weeks ago. A portion… Read more »

Finding Wetlands in a Drought

Today’s guest blog about the #1 San Joaquin River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Alison Jones. Alison is the Director of No Water No Life® and a professional photographer. Today Alison tells us about experiencing the magnificent wetlands that are fed by the river. Tell the California Water Resources… 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 »