San Joaquin River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: San Joaquin River California Threat: Outdated water management and excessive diversions At risk: River health and resilient communities San Joaquin, CA | © Alison Jones, The San Joaquin is Central California’s largest river, supporting endangered fish and wildlife, communities, and one of the most productive agricultural regions in… Read more »

Meadow Reconnaissance

Summer in American Rivers’ California regional office means field season – or, as it should more aptly be named, meadow season. Going on three summers, and with the continued support of the National Fish and Wildlife Fund (NFWF), American Rivers’ staff has assessed meadows for restoration prioritization on a watershed scale. This summer, over 80… Read more »

Stanford on Verge of Momentous Dam Decision

The 60 foot Searsville Dam from below | Matt Stoecker After 15 years of pushing by American Rivers and partners such as Beyond Searsville Dam (BSD), Stanford University could finally start taking responsibility for the harm its water system causes to endangered steelhead trout and local streams. For over 100 years, Stanford has operated multiple… Read more »

Press Conference to be Held this Friday on Local River Restoration Project

Nevada City–On Friday, April 17 from 10am-11am a press conference will be held at Stocking Flat Floodplain on Deer Creek in Nevada City, CA to discuss the Deer Creek Restoration Project.  Speakers include Kyle Leach, a geologist from Holdrege & Kull Engineering; Grayson Coney, the Tsi-Akim Maidu Cultural Director; and Steve Rothert, the Director of… Read more »

Senators Feinstein and Boxer stand up for clean water and river health

Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today applauded Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer for their strong opposition to H.R. 1837, the “San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act,” introduced by Congressman Devin Nunes, which would have devastating impacts on rivers, clean water, and communities. The bill proposes to preempt California state environmental law, override clear scientific… Read more »

And the Oscar goes to…the effort to remove Matilija Dam!

Imagine my surprise watching the Oscars last night when, during a break from the glitz and the gowns, there was Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, in a commercial talking about dam removal! The ad was for the Members Project, a social action campaign by American Express. The 200 foot tall dam featured in the ad… Read more »

Making Hydropower Dams Work Better

Reintroducing steelhead fry | Credit: Hydropower Reform Coalition It’s a good year for rivers. Last week, the National Park Service began chipping away at the Glines Canyon and Elwha Dams. When the dams are removed in 2-3 years, it’ll be the culmination of a nearly 30-year effort to restore the Elwha River and its fisheries…. Read more »

Saving Sierra Nevada rivers from misguided dam proposals

The South Sutter Water District recently proposed the 350-ft Garden Bar dam on the Bear River approximately 45 miles northeast of Sacramento California. Garden Bar Reservoir would permanently flood approximately 2,500 acres in the lower Bear River, 900 of which are permanently protected public open space (Map2). At a cost of nearly half a billion… Read more »