Feather River, CA

American Rivers played a lead role in the relicensing of Oroville Dam, the tallest in the United States and the largest dam in the California State Water Project.  Oroville blocks salmon and steelhead from reaching many miles of spawning habitat and dramatically alters the flows and water quality of the Feather River downstream. In 2006,… Read more »

Yolo Bypass and the Fremont Weir

Near-term opportunities to reduce the conflict between ecosystem needs and water supply in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are critical and limited.  The continued survival of endangered populations depends upon a balance between the two.  Typically, benefits to the ecosystem imply a negative impact on water supply, and vice versa. Clear scientific evidence, however, shows that… Read more »

Day in the Life: Kerri McLean, River Restoration Program

Most of the time I use the law to protect rivers, but sometimes I get to get on the ground to help remove dams! The best part about being a professional dam buster is that it requires all sorts of skills, from project management, to collaboration and negotiation, to overseeing regulatory compliance. But at heart I… Read more »

Searching for Steelhead in San Francisquito

Searsch for Steelhead, San Francisquito Creek, CA | © Kerri McLean My search for steelhead on San Francisquito Creek yesterday didn’t yield any fish, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Despite a major ongoing drought in California, we were lucky enough to have one significant rain event in Northern California a couple weeks ago. A portion… Read more »

Finding Wetlands in a Drought

Today’s guest blog about the #1 San Joaquin River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Alison Jones. Alison is the Director of No Water No Life® and a professional photographer. Today Alison tells us about experiencing the magnificent wetlands that are fed by the river. Tell the California Water Resources… Read more »

California Climate Change Funding Excludes Mountain Communities

In California, millions of dollars in state water and climate change funding is dispersed to disadvantaged communities (DACs). For example, an estimated $420 million of the 2014 water bond would support clean water for DACs and $200 million in carbon cap and trade revenues will be allocated to projects benefitting DACs. With hundreds of millions… Read more »

With new thinking, flood control projects can ease drought

Originally printed as an Op-Ed in The Sacramento Bee. Levees along the San Joaquin River | Sarah Craig Recently, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature announced a $1.1 billion drought relief plan for California. But the $660 million allocated for flood management had many observers scratching their heads. We believe that this money could actually enhance water… Read more »

Court Decision Reaffirms Obligation to Protect Wild and Scenic Rivers

Seattle, WA: The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco Thursday upheld a 2006 ruling that the National Park Service’s management plan for the Wild and Scenic Merced River in Yosemite National Park does not adequately protect the river. The ruling reaffirms the obligation of river managers to both protect and enhance the… Read more »

Pressure Mounts on Stanford University to Consider Removing Searsville Dam to Restore Steelhead Trout and San Francisquito Creek

Palo Alto, Calif.— A growing coalition of conservation groups, leading scientists, Stanford alumni and Bay Area residents are pressuring Stanford University to consider removing Searsville Dam, an obsolete structure that has blocked steelhead migration in the San Francisquito Creek watershed for more than a century and serves no drinking water supply, flood control or hydropower… Read more »

Don’t Sacrifice Science, Fishing Jobs in Jobs Bill Rider

Washington, DC —  Senator Dianne Feinstein today announced her intention to attach an unrelated amendment to the Senate jobs bill that would waive Endangered Species Act protections in California’s Bay-Delta.  Such a provision would hurt jobs in already-suffering fishing communities, and would destroy the science-based path to a durable water solution for region. Andrew Fahlund,… Read more »