Raingarden, Country-style

“What’s a raingarden?” our three-year old Giles asked over breakfast. “Perfect timing buddy, I just borrowed grandpa’s tractor, and we’re going to dig up the center of the driveway. Yeeha!” Instead of putting rainwater in pipes or letting it run down our driveway, I’m working on setting up a zero-runoff homesite: collecting and banking precious… Read more »

Restoring Meadows Like Beavers Lives Depend On It

Measuring the beaver dams | Max Odland “Four point six feet,” I say, pulling a stadia rod out of the water and back onto the inflatable kayak, “but I think it’s deeper over there.” I’m measuring the depth of a beaver pond in a Sierra Nevada meadow that American Rivers is restoring this summer. I… Read more »

It’s official: Removing Klamath dams is cheapest, most effective option

Nevada City, CA – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today released its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on PacifiCorp’s Klamath hydropower project, concluding: Dam removal would improve water quality, reduce fish disease and increase fall chinook spawning by more than 20,000 fish in the project area alone. Removing all four dams and replacing their generation would… Read more »

The most anti-environmental piece of legislation in history

Just after 4:30 a.m. this past Saturday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed arguably the most anti-environmental piece of legislation in history.  H.R. 1, which would fund the government through the rest of federal Fiscal Year 2011, eviscerates programs that protect our drinking water, clean up polluted rivers, and safeguard land and wildlife for future generations…. Read more »

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 »