Yuba River, CA

The Yuba River watershed is home to some of the first hydropower dams in California, in some cases dating back to structures built during the gold rush era.  Today, more than 30 dams, 20 powerhouses and 500 miles of canals sprawl across the Yuba and Bear watersheds.  These dams block access for salmon and steelhead… Read more »

Sierra Water Trust

The rivers of the Sierra Nevada form an immense natural and engineered water supply network that provides 60 percent of California’s water supply. They also support diverse and complex habitats, which has resulted in the Sierra Nevada ranking as the world’s most ecologically rich region in terms of native aquatic invertebrates.  However, most Sierra rivers… Read more »

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Sierra Meadows from the Air

Aerial view of Indian Valley Meadow restoration, CA with Google overlay On a recent flight from Reno, NV to Los Angeles, CA I saw not one, but three of our meadow restoration project sites out the window of the plane! It was awesome, especially because each meadow is located in a different watershed and the… Read more »

American Rivers and Google Maps launch Colorado River Street View!

Explore 286 miles of the Colorado River (including 36 Mile Rapids shown here) in Google Maps Street View We are excited to announce the Colorado River is the focus of a new Google Maps Street View project launched today in partnership between American Rivers and Google Maps! For the first time, you can explore 286 miles of the Colorado… Read more »

Get Wild and Scenic in California

South Yuba River, whose protection inspired SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival | Leslie Elias Mid-January is one of my favorite times of year in Nevada City, which is home to American Rivers’ main California regional office. It’s the time of year when, thanks to the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, our little mountain town… Read more »

Making the connection between headwaters and drinking water

Tuolumne River headwaters, Yosemite National Park | Steve White This past week I had a chance to see first-hand the connections between headwaters and drinking water that we think about a lot here at American Rivers. I was backpacking with my family in the Vogelsang region of Yosemite National Park under clear blue skies with… Read more »

Klamath Negotiators Announce Proposed Agreement

For additional information, visit www.AmericanRivers.org/Klamath Nevada City, CA – A sustainable future for the Klamath Basin became a lot closer today, as American Rivers and 25 other parties finalized a proposed Klamath River Basin Restoration Agreement to restore salmon runs, revitalize tribal and commercial fishing and provide security to the basin’s farmers. Participants in the… Read more »

American Rivers Releases List of 2010 Dam Removals

Washington DC – American Rivers, the leading conservation organization fighting for healthy rivers so communities can thrive, today announced its annual list of 60 dams that were removed in 2010, benefitting hundreds of miles of rivers nationwide. The list includes obsolete dams in California, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio,… Read more »