Under Attack: The Wild and Scenic Merced River

Take Action to Protect theMerced River This is a serious threat to not only the Merced River, but all Wild and Scenic protections are at risk of being rolled back. Please take action to protect our heritage rivers. Representative Tom McClintock introduced legislation (H.R. 934) that would roll back protections for nearly a mile of… Read more »

California Region

California Region Hot Creek,  CA | Jacob Dyste In California we are spearheading some of the most innovative solutions to restore and protect our rivers seen anywhere in the country. Whether it is restoring meadows in the Sierra, which provides water for 65% of Californians, reducing flood risk and restoring rivers in the Central Valley… Read more »

Flood Bypasses in California

Restoring floodplains protects our cities, jobs, and industry. Flood bypasses divert floodwaters away from urban areas and into less developed lands. California’s state engineer, William Hammond Hall, first proposed a system of bypasses in a report to the state legislature in 1880. The resulting Yolo Bypass has reduced the flooding that once plagued Sacramento for… Read more »

Pond and Plug Timelapse in Indian Valley

Using pond and plug techniques, the Indian Valley meadow in California is on the path to recovery | Luke Hunt In 2012, American Rivers and the US Forest Service received a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Coca-Cola to restore Indian Valley meadow, in the headwaters of the Mokelumne River.  To track… Read more »

Happy as a Beaver in a Rainy Mountain Meadow

Beaver hard at work on Norden Lake near Bear Valley, CA | © George Lamson Despite the long, severe drought we are experiencing in California I believe there is always room for a little hope and optimism. Some of that came to us recently in the way of badly needed rain. For a couple days before the… Read more »

San Francisquito Creek Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

www.americanrivers.org/SanFrancisquito Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named San Francisquito Creek among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014 today, shining a national spotlight on the impact Stanford University’s antiquated Searsville Dam is having on the health of the creek and its fish and wildlife. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save… Read more »

2014 California Water Bond [Proposition 1]

What is the California water bond? California Proposition 1, the Water Bond (Assembly Bill 1471) is a $7.12 billion package that, upon voter approval in November, will support a host of river restoration, water conservation and recycling, groundwater cleanup and water supply projects. What’s the position of American Rivers on the bond? American Rivers is… Read more »

Scavenger hunt without a list

One stuffed lamb. One locket. Five mismatched flip-flops. One small grill. One tire. Dozens of bottles. Countless cigarette butts. Sometimes river cleanups feel like a scavenger hunt without a list. Last week we hosted a river cleanup in honor of National AmeriCorps Week at the Auburn State Recreation Area in California. Eight AmeriCorps members from… Read more »

Hydropower Dams Won’t Fix Warming World

Read a copy of the testimony (PDF) Washington, DC – Hydropower dams aren’t a “silver bullet” when it comes to fighting global warming, and healthy rivers will become increasingly valuable to wildlife and human communities in a warming world, American Rivers said today in testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Water and Power Subcommittee. In… Read more »

American Rivers signs agreements for world’s largest river restoration project

Washington, DC — It’s official. After years of negotiations, American Rivers will join Interior Secretary Salazar, Oregon Governor Kulongoski, and California Governor Schwarzenegger today to sign historic agreements to mount an unprecedented restoration effort on the Klamath River, one of America’s greatest river systems. In what will be the world’s biggest dam removal project, the… Read more »