Praying For Rain In California

© PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University While the East Coast welcomed the New Year with feet of snow and an arctic vortex of cold, the West Coast continues to pray for rain. As of December 31st, the U.S. Drought Monitor categorized all of California as in a state of either severe or extreme drought… Read more »

Journey to Bull Meadow

This is a guest blog by California American Rivers intern, Jon Fairchild. Jon’s internship is supported by the Patagonia Employee Internship Program. Bull Meadow, CA | © Jon Fairchild As a very fortunate American Rivers intern, I had the opportunity to do a couple of days of field work in the Stanislaus National Forest near… Read more »

The Klamath and Killer Whales

Algae bloom behind Klamath dam | James Norman The rivers of the Pacific Coast once teemed with wild salmon, providing nourishment for humans, wildlife, and ecosystems from the mountains to the sea—including many communities of orca whales. But for the last century, dams, habitat loss, and excessive harvest have pushed salmon to the brink. Dams… Read more »

River Guardians Spring Conservation Update: Part 3

This is the final installment of the River Guardians Spring Conservation Update, which highlights some of American Rivers’ most recent successes on the East and West coasts. To learn more about the River Guardians for American Rivers or to support our efforts, please visit AmericanRivers.org/RiverGuardian. Please enjoy! Kayakers in Tahoe National Forest, CA | George… Read more »

Walt

At 85 years old, organic raisin farmer and lifelong river advocate Walt Shubin is not slowing down. He has dedicated the last 65 years of his life to restoring California’s once-mighty San Joaquin River to the wild glory he remembers as a young boy. Driven by his passion for the river, and despite worn out… Read more »

Judgment Day for one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC —The San Mateo Creek, which was named by American Rivers as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ in 2007, could learn its fate this week. On Wednesday, the California Coastal Commission is set to decide whether a proposed toll road complies with existing state laws. Thousands of people are expected to attend a public meeting… Read more »

It’s Official: Removing Klamath Dams Saves Money for Power Customers

Salem, OR – Today the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) – the Oregon agency charged with protecting utility customers – formally ruled, after months of investigation, that the proposed Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA) is indeed in the best interests of PacifiCorp ratepayers as well as the cheapest alternative for the company. The basis of… Read more »

Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC — The Sacramento-San Joaquin River System, the largest watershed in California, is on the verge of collapse, threatening the water supply for 23 million people, placing the capital of the nation’s most populous state at high risk of flooding, and damaging a once productive and healthy river. This threat landed the Sacramento-San Joaquin on… Read more »

Help Us Fund Adventures on the LA River

If you’ve seen the movies Grease or Terminator 2 you may question the existence of the Los Angeles River. But despite appearances, the LA River is a real river. It’s not just a movie set or a drainage ditch or a lifeless trash dump. It is a living ecosystem that carries water from the mountain… Read more »