American Rivers Names America’s Most Endangered Rivers(TM) of 2011

Washington, DC – With floodwaters swelling the Mississippi River to historic levels and rivers nationwide at risk from gas drilling, sewage pollution, and other threats, American Rivers today released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. For the second year in a row, the most endangered river in the United States is a victim… Read more »

Deer Creek Tribute Trail Bridge

The first Saturday of June marked National Trails Day 2011. In Nevada City, California we celebrated with a hike along the new Deer Creek Tribute Trail. American Rivers, along with many local community groups, worked to create this 7-mile creek-side trail re-connecting the community to this beautiful, little known gem. On June 3rd, the California… Read more »

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 »

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 »