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 »

Today is a Day to Celebrate

Today is a day to celebrate. Simply put, Congress today passed the most comprehensive river protection and public lands bill in decades. The bill includes over 1,100 miles of 86 new Wild and Scenic Rivers in eight states and also designates over 2 million acres of new wilderness.  To give you a sense of scale,… Read more »

Update On Clean Water At The Supreme Court

This is a guest blog from American Rivers’ intern, Genevieve Meller. Los Angeles River, CA | EPA Just last week, the Supreme Court (Court) issued their decision [PDF] on the Clean Water Act (CWA) case, Los Angeles County Flood Control District (District) v. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The Court reversed and remanded the decision… Read more »

The Mountains And Rivers In All Of Us

San Joaquin River headwater, CA | Evan Reimondo I’m a relatively recent transplant to California. I moved here from Flagstaff, Arizona to take my current position with American Rivers, but I brought with me a love for the mountains. I’d visited California’s mountains before, but to get a little more familiar with them, I’ve been… Read more »

Bay-Delta Conservation Plan

The Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is a collaborative planning effort between governmental regulatory agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the public, and is designed to achieve the co-equal goals of restoring the Delta’s ecosystem and improving water supply reliability for over 25 million Californians. The goals of the BDCP are to: Restore Bay-Delta habitat Reinvigorate native species,… Read more »

Expanding Meadow Restoration Across the Sierra Nevada

There are few places as majestic as a mountain meadow, and few landscapes that safeguard our rivers headwaters as well as a healthy meadow.  Over the last ten years, a series of meadow restoration demonstration projects in the Sierra have shown that large-scale meadow restoration can improve water supply, water quality, and habitat for fish… Read more »

The Sacramento is Indeed a Transcendent River

This is a guest post by Bob Madgic, author of The Sacramento: A Transcendent River. Efforts are underway to help restore the fragile Sacramento River Delta, CA | © Bob Madgic At one time the Sacramento River was one of the richest rivers in the world. It alone carried four distinct runs of Chinook or… Read more »

President Obama Tours Drought-Stricken California

The drought in California has left rivers and reservoirs dry. Putting water supplies at risk | © Stuart Rankin President Obama visited California to see firsthand how the state is suffering from the worst drought in decades and to announce federal assistance. Flying in on Air Force One, the President could see that despite recent… Read more »

Still A Few Large Steelhead Left In The Merced River… But For How Long?

Today’s guest blog about the #1 San Joaquin River and its tributaries (including the Merced River)— a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series— is from Michael Martin. Michael is a fly fisher currently serving as Director of the Merced River Conservation Committee. He has spent his career as a fisheries scientist working to… Read more »

Fall Aspens in Hope Valley

Fall Aspens in Hope Valley | Julie Fair Fall is coming quickly to the Sierra Nevada. As always, the region’s high elevation makes it one of the first places in California to display the change in season. For American Rivers, this means squeezing in a couple last field visits out to our Sierra meadow restoration… Read more »