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 »

Is “Catching” a Required Part of “Fishing”?

The Feather River, a nationally designated Wild & Scenic River, is a great place to take family out to enjoy nature, wildlife, and recreate | © Steve White While staying with the family recently on the Middle Fork of Feather River near Graeagle, CA, I had some free time to spend on the river. This… Read more »

Drought Bill Would Do More Harm Than Good Statement Of Bob Irvin, President Of American Rivers

Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington — The House of Representatives today will consider H.R. 3964, legislation that waives critical clean water and river safeguards in California, slashes endangered species protections, and unravels key river protection and restoration agreements such as the San Joaquin River Settlement Act. The president of American Rivers, Bob Irvin, made the… Read more »

San Francisquito Creek

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: San Francisquito Creek California Threat: Outdated dam At risk: Threatened fish, wildlife habitat, and public safety San Francisquito Creek, CA Steelhead | © Doug Rundle San Francisquito Creek is a natural refuge in an urban setting, providing recreation opportunities for nearby communities as well as a home to rare… Read more »

April Showers Bring May Flowers – And Vernal Pools

Vernal Pool | Nicholas Tonelli April showers bring May flowers – and vernal pools, if you live in California or Southern Oregon. Vernal pools are seasonal depressional wetlands that fill up with rainwater during winter and spring, but may be dry for part of the year. They are typically found on the West Coast, especially… Read more »

Fighting Erosion from Forest Roads

The forested Yuba River watershed in the Sierra Nevada | Gary Reedy Picture a tranquil dirt road through the forest, sloping downhill until it crosses a dry stream bed and winds away through the trees on the other side. There’s a good chance that the next time it rains, that road won’t be quite so… Read more »