Yuba River, CA

The Yuba River watershed is home to some of the first hydropower dams in California, in some cases dating back to structures built during the gold rush era.  Today, more than 30 dams, 20 powerhouses and 500 miles of canals sprawl across the Yuba and Bear watersheds.  These dams block access for salmon and steelhead… Read more »

Sierra Water Trust

The rivers of the Sierra Nevada form an immense natural and engineered water supply network that provides 60 percent of California’s water supply. They also support diverse and complex habitats, which has resulted in the Sierra Nevada ranking as the world’s most ecologically rich region in terms of native aquatic invertebrates.  However, most Sierra rivers… Read more »

California FERC Hydropower Dam Relicensing

Beginning in the mid-1800s, hundreds of dams were built on California rivers. Many were first built to use in gold mining, but now most are used for hydropower generation and water supply. In the next decade, the licenses for 150 dams that affect hundreds of miles of streams will expire and the dam owners must… Read more »

HR3189 Sucks Rivers Dry – Here’s Why You Should Care

Dry river beds like this could be even more common if HR 3189 gets passed In Colorado and the arid West states, water rights are like property rights. They can be bought, sold or even leased. When someone holds the right to water, they know they are permitted a specific amount of water to use… Read more »

Come For a Ride Down the Colorado River!

Explore the Colorado River in Google Maps Street View This past August, as I floated down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with the Google Street View team, I couldn’t help but think how incredibly awesome it would be for people all around the world to be able to take that same trip “virtually.” … Read more »

San Joaquin River, California

Aerial Views of San Joaquin River, CA The San Joaquin River is Central California’s largest river, supporting endangered fish and wildlife, communities, and is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. However, the river is so overtapped that it runs completely dry in stretches, threatening water quality, endangering fish and wildlife, creating… Read more »

The California Drought – Has Year 4 Begun?

Folsom Lake reservoir in January 2014 | Jacob Dyste As much of the US is in the grip of a frigid arctic air mass, California is in the grip of a ridge of high pressure that has blocked the procession of drenching storms we had in December. A similar pattern, dubbed the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge,… Read more »

Conservation on the Colorado River

Today’s post is a guest blog by Julia Hart. Julia is a recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Environmental Science. She has conducted aquatic research on the lakes of the Northwoods in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and in ponds on the Copper River Delta in Cordova, Alaska. She… Read more »

Klamath Negotiators Announce Proposed Agreement

For additional information, visit www.AmericanRivers.org/Klamath Nevada City, CA – A sustainable future for the Klamath Basin became a lot closer today, as American Rivers and 25 other parties finalized a proposed Klamath River Basin Restoration Agreement to restore salmon runs, revitalize tribal and commercial fishing and provide security to the basin’s farmers. Participants in the… Read more »

American Rivers Releases List of 2010 Dam Removals

Washington DC – 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 2010, benefitting hundreds of miles of rivers nationwide. The list includes obsolete dams in California, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio,… Read more »