San Joaquin River, California

Aerial Views of San Joaquin River, CA The San Joaquin River is Central California’s largest river, supporting endangered fish and wildlife, communities, and is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. However, the river is so overtapped that it runs completely dry in stretches, threatening water quality, endangering fish and wildlife, creating… Read more »

The California Drought – Has Year 4 Begun?

Folsom Lake reservoir in January 2014 | Jacob Dyste As much of the US is in the grip of a frigid arctic air mass, California is in the grip of a ridge of high pressure that has blocked the procession of drenching storms we had in December. A similar pattern, dubbed the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge,… Read more »

Conservation on the Colorado River

Today’s post is a guest blog by Julia Hart. Julia is a recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Environmental Science. She has conducted aquatic research on the lakes of the Northwoods in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and in ponds on the Copper River Delta in Cordova, Alaska. She… Read more »

It’s official: Removing Klamath dams is cheapest, most effective option

Nevada City, CA – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today released its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on PacifiCorp’s Klamath hydropower project, concluding: Dam removal would improve water quality, reduce fish disease and increase fall chinook spawning by more than 20,000 fish in the project area alone. Removing all four dams and replacing their generation would… Read more »

The most anti-environmental piece of legislation in history

Just after 4:30 a.m. this past Saturday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed arguably the most anti-environmental piece of legislation in history.  H.R. 1, which would fund the government through the rest of federal Fiscal Year 2011, eviscerates programs that protect our drinking water, clean up polluted rivers, and safeguard land and wildlife for future generations…. Read more »

Huge Step Forward for Yuba Salmon Restoration!

On February 29, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a much anticipated plan for how the Corps of Engineers must change its Englebright Dam and Daguerre Point Dam on the Yuba River to eliminate the dams’ contribution to the risk of extinction of Yuba salmon, steelhead and green sturgeon. This plan, called a Biological Opinion,… Read more »

Restoring Safe and Healthy Rivers to California’s Central Valley

Friday, June 29th was a momentous day for flood management both nationally and in California. Congress reformed the National Flood Insurance Program, and California’s Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB) adopted a comprehensive flood plan that will restore safe and healthy rivers to the Central Valley. Despite several large flood control dams and over 1,000… Read more »

The EPA deflates Proposed Development Plan on Newhall Ranch

On August 6th, Region 9 of the Environmental Protection Agency criticized the Army Corp of Engineers’ Final Environmental Impact Statement for the massive Newhall Ranch development along the Santa Clara River in Los Angeles County.  American Rivers listed the Santa Clara in our 2005 America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ (PDF) report as a result of the threats posed… Read more »