Can Beavers Help us Rehabilitate our Rangelands?

Before winter set in for the season, we discovered an impressive woody dam on the West Fork Carson River while doing field work in Hope Valley Meadow.  This high elevation alpine meadow sits on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada only a stone’s throw from South Lake Tahoe.  Because of its accessibility, it is… Read more »

Meadow Stewards Group formed for Hope Valley Restoration Project

On May 6th a large group of passionate citizens from both California and Nevada came out to Hope Valley Meadow for a volunteer orientation.  American Rivers and local partners are leading an effort to rehabilitate this iconic meadow that lies in a high Sierra watershed that feeds both states.  The Alpine Watershed Group and Friends… Read more »

Sediment Behind Klamath River Dams Not Harmful

On August 12, federal scientists released data indicating that sediment stored behind the Klamath River dams targeted for removal do not pose a threat to communities or the river. Scientists tested for mercury, PCBs, dioxins, and other harmful substances. You can read the data from the latest study here.  This federal study confirms the findings… Read more »

Watch our New Klamath River Film

We are at a historic moment in the Klamath Basin, where we have a chance to restore the river and help the basin’s farming and fishing communities create a better future. American Rivers and 25 other parties recently announced a proposed agreement to restore salmon runs, revitalize tribal and commercial fishing, and provide security to… Read more »

River Restoration In Oakley, CA Engages Community

Click to enlargeThe restoration of Marsh Creek | Jason Kabalin, Rich Walkling, Sarah Puckett Like too many creeks across the country, Marsh Creek was “improved” by the Soil Conservation Service in the early 1960’s. Until recently, the lower six miles was a treeless, trapezoidal flood control channel fenced off from surrounding properties. American Rivers’ partners,… Read more »

Merced River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2013: Merced River California At Risk: Wildlife habitat and recreation economy Threat: Intentional Flooding of a Wild and Scenic River Merced River, CA | Erick Gustafson Tell Congress to oppose the bill that would strip away Wild & Scenic protections for part of the Merced River to raise a dam…. Read more »

Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project

The Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project is part of an effort to restore the more than 350,000 acres of tidal wetland in the Delta Region that have been lost to agricultural reclamation over the last 150 years.  The project is the first large-scale tidal wetland restoration effort in the Delta and represents an important… Read more »

Meadow Restoration Publications

Download the Meadow Publication PDFs below: Evaluating and Prioritizing Meadow Restoration in the Sierra.  American Rivers and colleagues introduce tools to assess meadow condition, prioritize meadows for restoration, and monitor the effects of restoration.  Data are presented for meadows in the Yuba and Mokelumne Watersheds. Meadow Scorecard: A Rapid Assessment Tool.  Science staff from American… Read more »

Map of US Dam Removals 1936-2014

Few things have such a fundamental impact on a river as a dam. Dams block a river’s flow and can harm clean water, fish and wildlife, and recreation opportunities. American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams. We have been creating a running inventory of all dam removal projects we… Read more »