Living with Water: At Home with Wood Ducks

Every morning I look out my window to see the wood ducks are going to visit my local pond that day | © Keri Rinne I never imagined that a pond and a pair of ducks in a small California town called Rough and Ready would make me feel so at home. I’ve always wanted… Read more »

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America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: San Joaquin River California Threat: Outdated water management and excessive diversions At risk: River health and resilient communities San Joaquin, CA | © Alison Jones, nowater-nolife.org The San Joaquin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 »

President Obama Signs Historic Wild and Scenic River Bill into Law

Washington, DC – American Rivers applauded President Barack Obama today for signing into the law the second largest Wild and Scenic Rivers package in history. The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 designates 86 new Wild and Scenic Rivers, totaling over 1,100 miles in Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, Utah, California, and Massachusetts. The legislation… Read more »

American Rivers’ Meadow Work Featured at Conference

American Rivers’ Sierra Nevada meadow assessment and restoration work was featured at the 96th annual Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) national meeting held this year in Austin, Texas. More than 4,000 people gathered at the conference to share strategies to promote “Earth Stewardship: Preserving and enhancing earth’s life-support systems”. Symposia centered on climate change, loss… Read more »

Loving a Meadow Back to Life

Citizens of Mammoth, CA united to restore Snow Creek Meadow Preserve and turn it into a community asset. | Michael Swimmer Fifteen years ago Snow Creek Meadow Preserve was a nameless discarded place, the undevelopable floodplain around Mammoth’s Snow Creek Condos in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. Then in 1996, a group of friends including a… Read more »