Huge Step Forward for Yuba Salmon Restoration!

On February 29, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a much anticipated plan for how the Corps of Engineers must change its Englebright Dam and Daguerre Point Dam on the Yuba River to eliminate the dams’ contribution to the risk of extinction of Yuba salmon, steelhead and green sturgeon. This plan, called a Biological Opinion,… Read more »

Restoring Safe and Healthy Rivers to California’s Central Valley

Friday, June 29th was a momentous day for flood management both nationally and in California. Congress reformed the National Flood Insurance Program, and California’s Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB) adopted a comprehensive flood plan that will restore safe and healthy rivers to the Central Valley. Despite several large flood control dams and over 1,000… Read more »

The EPA deflates Proposed Development Plan on Newhall Ranch

On August 6th, Region 9 of the Environmental Protection Agency criticized the Army Corp of Engineers’ Final Environmental Impact Statement for the massive Newhall Ranch development along the Santa Clara River in Los Angeles County.  American Rivers listed the Santa Clara in our 2005 America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ (PDF) report as a result of the threats posed… Read more »

Owl Moon Near the Tuolumne River

Great Gray Owl | Joe Medley, US Forest Service Somehow I heard it take flight as we stepped from the wet brush into the autumn meadow. It was the afternoon before Thanksgiving and I had enlisted my dad, son Jake, and a dear friend to help survey two twin meadows at the edge of Yosemite… Read more »

Maintain Protections for the Merced River

Today’s guest blog about the “Special Mention” Merced River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Tim Palmer, an award-winning environmental author, photographer, and speaker. Tim wrote the related book, Endangered Rivers and the Conservation Movement. This article was originally published by the San Francisco Chronicle on February 20, 2013. Take… Read more »

2010 Dam Removals

See a full list of dams removed in 2010  See a full list of dams removed/slated for removal in 2009 See our past list of dams removed from 1998-2008 American Rivers, the leading conservation organization fighting for healthy rivers so communities can thrive, today announced its annual list of 60 dams that were removed in… Read more »

Grazing Benefits on Restored Meadows

Both rivers and ranchers benefit when meadows are restored.  Healthy meadows filter and store water.  This improves water quality and augments lateseason stream flows, while providing habitat for fish and wildlife.  Ranchers also benefit directly when restoration improves livestock forage on meadows that are grazed. Nearly half the meadows in the Sierra are privately owned,… Read more »

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Praying For Rain In California

© PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University While the East Coast welcomed the New Year with feet of snow and an arctic vortex of cold, the West Coast continues to pray for rain. As of December 31st, the U.S. Drought Monitor categorized all of California as in a state of either severe or extreme drought… Read more »