Then and Now: National River Cleanup History

It was in 1991 that a group of ambitious America Outdoors employees began planning the first National River Cleanup Week. Their goal? “Remove tons of trash and debris from over 3,000 miles of waterways, encourage public involvement in the stewardship of river resources, and foster better working relationships between river interest groups.” In the twenty… Read more »

Revisiting the Restored Sisquoc River

Garter snake on Sisquoc River, CA flicks his tongue onthe water to attract small fish | Kerri McClean On a hike in Los Padres National Forest outside of Santa Barbara, CA, I saw this aquatic garter snake while rock-hopping across Manzana Creek.  Aquatic garter snakes flick their tongues to mimic the presence of an insect… Read more »

Marsh Creek Fish Passage Restoration

In 2010, an American Rivers-led partnership built a  fish ladder on Marsh Creek to enable Chinook salmon to pass a 6-foot high dam and access 7 miles of upstream spawning habitat.  Marsh Creek is the first tributary encountered by salmon returning from the ocean through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, thus Salmon spawned in Marsh Creek… 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 »

Another Look at Dam Removal: Searsville Dam

San francisquito, CA Searsville Dam | Matt Stoecker As part of our River Restoration Challenges Series this month, today I am talking about overcoming obstacles in order to remove the Searsville Dam on San Francisquito Creek in California. Over the last 10 years, a coalition of environmental groups, including American Rivers, has asked Stanford University… Read more »

Restoration, Stormwater, and Flood Management in the Sierra Foothills

Starting this month, American Rivers is launching a new multi-benefit project in the Wolf Creek Watershed, a major tributary to the Bear River in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Wolf Creek has historically been neglected and under-appreciated, in a community where the local waterway has not been a priority. Years of rapid urbanization in… Read more »