New Raingardens and Bioswale for Nevada City

American Rivers has broken ground on two raingardens and a bioswale in front of the County Building Department in Nevada City, CA.  Here parking strips are being converted to active landscapes: green infrastructure that will protect our clean water supply. This demonstration project is a strong local collaboration funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment… Read more »

Smarter flood protection solutions for the 21st century

The weathermen on the local TV news call it “wacky weather” – those freak storms and floods that seem to be getting more frequent and more severe every year. But usually lost in the news coverage is why flooding and flood damage is getting worse. The fact is, despite continued investment in structures like dams,… Read more »

World’s biggest river restoration kicks off Thurs at official ceremony in Oregon

This Thursday, the world’s largest river restoration and dam removal effort will be officially kicked off at a signing ceremony in Salem, Oregon. The president of American Rivers, Rebecca Wodder, will join Interior Secretary Salazar, Oregon Governor  Kulongoski, and California Governor Schwarzenegger to sign historic agreements to mount an unprecedented restoration effort on the Klamath… Read more »

Smarter Flood Management in California’s Central Valley

Feather River, CA | Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority American Rivers is spearheading an effort to improve the safety and sustainability, while increasing the recreational, environmental, and community benefits, of a proposed levee modification project on the Feather River, CA. The Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency (SBFCA) released a draft Environmental Impact Statement in January,… Read more »

Deer Creek Tribute Trail

The Sierra Nevada mountain range’s thousands of miles of rivers and streams sustain an incredible diversity of life and offer world-class fishing, whitewater boating, and other recreational opportunities. However, many rivers and streams are not accessible. For this reason the American Rivers’ California Field office is working with multiple partners to create the Deer Creek… Read more »

Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta

The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta once encompassed 350,000 acres of freshwater tidal wetlands and habitat for a host of native species, including millions of salmon.  Today, the Delta is a critical part of the water supply infrastructure for over 25 million Californians and a multi-billion dollar agricultural industry in the San Joaquin Valley. Destruction of… Read more »

Improving Fish Passage By Removing Bonde Weir

Bonde Weir, San Francisquito Creek, CA | © American Rivers Thanks to the San Mateo County Resource Conservation District and countless partners who pitched in over the last decade, Bonde Weir on San Francisquito Creek in Palo Alto has been removed, improving access to high quality spawning habitat for migrating native steelhead trout. San Francisquito Creek… Read more »

Snail Darter Politics

Little Tennessee River | © USFWS, Southeast As California is enduring the worst drought in its history, some politicians are blaming it all on federal and state environmental laws that protect fish and wildlife and the rivers they depend on for survival. And, as predictably as water flows downstream, these politicians are looking for oddly-named… Read more »

Finding the Flow in the San Joaquin Basin

Today’s guest blog about the #1 San Joaquin River and its tributaries (including the Tuolumne River)— a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series— is from Cindy Charles. Cindy is a fly fisher and the long time Conservation Chair of the Golden West Women Flyfishers and has been past Vice President of Conservation for… Read more »