Smarter Flood Management in California’s Central Valley

Feather River, CA | Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority American Rivers is spearheading an effort to improve the safety and sustainability, while increasing the recreational, environmental, and community benefits, of a proposed levee modification project on the Feather River, CA. The Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency (SBFCA) released a draft Environmental Impact Statement in January,… Read more »

Deer Creek Tribute Trail

The Sierra Nevada mountain range’s thousands of miles of rivers and streams sustain an incredible diversity of life and offer world-class fishing, whitewater boating, and other recreational opportunities. However, many rivers and streams are not accessible. For this reason the American Rivers’ California Field office is working with multiple partners to create the Deer Creek… Read more »

Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta

The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta once encompassed 350,000 acres of freshwater tidal wetlands and habitat for a host of native species, including millions of salmon.  Today, the Delta is a critical part of the water supply infrastructure for over 25 million Californians and a multi-billion dollar agricultural industry in the San Joaquin Valley. Destruction of… Read more »

Improving Fish Passage By Removing Bonde Weir

Bonde Weir, San Francisquito Creek, CA | © American Rivers Thanks to the San Mateo County Resource Conservation District and countless partners who pitched in over the last decade, Bonde Weir on San Francisquito Creek in Palo Alto has been removed, improving access to high quality spawning habitat for migrating native steelhead trout. San Francisquito Creek… Read more »

Snail Darter Politics

Little Tennessee River | © USFWS, Southeast As California is enduring the worst drought in its history, some politicians are blaming it all on federal and state environmental laws that protect fish and wildlife and the rivers they depend on for survival. And, as predictably as water flows downstream, these politicians are looking for oddly-named… Read more »

Finding the Flow in the San Joaquin Basin

Today’s guest blog about the #1 San Joaquin River and its tributaries (including the Tuolumne River)— a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series— is from Cindy Charles. Cindy is a fly fisher and the long time Conservation Chair of the Golden West Women Flyfishers and has been past Vice President of Conservation for… Read more »

Anglers Fund Conservation Update Part 3 – California

Welcome to Part 3 of the Anglers Fund conservation update, which summarizes our recent successes to protect and restore important fish habitat. The theme for this report is “healthy fish need healthy rivers”. We hope you’ll enjoy seeing how our work has a positive impact on fisheries. This week is California! See previous posts on… Read more »

One for the Fish

A healthy meadow with a meandering creek | Max Odland “Oh man, poor fish!” said American Rivers’ California Director of Headwaters Conservation Luke Hunt, standing on the edge of a five-foot high stream bank looking down at a series of disconnected mud puddles that made up Pine Creek. As we stared into the muddy water,… Read more »

California Rivers Near Wild and Scenic Protection

Washington, DC — Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to protect 31 miles of California’s rivers as federal Wild and Scenic Rivers and 190,000 acres of wilderness.  The California Desert and Mountain Heritage Act (H.R. 3682), sponsored by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) designates the following four rivers as Wild and Scenic: Bautista… Read more »

American Rivers Selected as 2010 Orvis Conservation Grantee

Washington, DC – American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, has been awarded the 2010 Conservation Grant from Orvis, the oldest mail-order company in the United States.  Since 1856, Orvis has been outfitting customers for the sporting traditions and supporting a broad range of conservation efforts.  Orvis has committed to matching donations from its… Read more »