Maintain Protections for the Merced River

Today’s guest blog about the “Special Mention” Merced River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Tim Palmer, an award-winning environmental author, photographer, and speaker. Tim wrote the related book, Endangered Rivers and the Conservation Movement. This article was originally published by the San Francisco Chronicle on February 20, 2013. Take… Read more »

2010 Dam Removals

See a full list of dams removed in 2010  See a full list of dams removed/slated for removal in 2009 See our past list of dams removed from 1998-2008 American Rivers, the leading conservation organization fighting for healthy rivers so communities can thrive, today announced its annual list of 60 dams that were removed in… Read more »

Grazing Benefits on Restored Meadows

Both rivers and ranchers benefit when meadows are restored.  Healthy meadows filter and store water.  This improves water quality and augments lateseason stream flows, while providing habitat for fish and wildlife.  Ranchers also benefit directly when restoration improves livestock forage on meadows that are grazed. Nearly half the meadows in the Sierra are privately owned,… Read more »

Protecting California’s Flowing Rivers

Water is critical to life in California. Among other things, we need it to grow our food, to fuel our industry, and for swimming, boating, and fishing. In addition, water is needed to maintain our rivers as healthy and vibrant habitats. Through California Instream Flow Protection, American Rivers is ensuring that California rivers have sufficient… Read more »

California Rain Welcome, But Likely Too Little Too Late

Click graph to enlarge | © UC San-Diego Center-for Western Weather and Weather Extremes Much of California is expected to receive rain over coming days from a series of storms lined up over the Pacific. However, it is unlikely to make a significant contribution to the overall drought situation. California is dependent on the snowpack… Read more »

Above the San Joaquin

Levees, agriculture, and urban development built in the floodplain, San Joaquin, CA | Julie Fair, with aerial assistance provided by LightHawk Nothing will truly show you the extent to which California’s rivers have been augmented like a view from the air. Thanks to a donation from LightHawk, I recently had the opportunity to fly over… Read more »

Raingarden, Country-style

“What’s a raingarden?” our three-year old Giles asked over breakfast. “Perfect timing buddy, I just borrowed grandpa’s tractor, and we’re going to dig up the center of the driveway. Yeeha!” Instead of putting rainwater in pipes or letting it run down our driveway, I’m working on setting up a zero-runoff homesite: collecting and banking precious… Read more »

Restoring Meadows Like Beavers Lives Depend On It

Measuring the beaver dams | Max Odland “Four point six feet,” I say, pulling a stadia rod out of the water and back onto the inflatable kayak, “but I think it’s deeper over there.” I’m measuring the depth of a beaver pond in a Sierra Nevada meadow that American Rivers is restoring this summer. I… Read more »

62 Dams Removed to Restore Rivers in 2012

Washington, DC – Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 62 dams in 2012, American Rivers announced today. Outdated or unsafe dams came out of rivers in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania,… Read more »