Restoring the Yuba River

Guest post by Steve Rothert, American Rivers’ California Field Office Director The fight to restore the Yuba River and restore salmon and steelhead runs to the upper Yuba has entered a new phase.  The Yuba County Water Agency recently started the process to obtain a new operating license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)… Read more »

The Gentle Beginnings of Sierra Headwaters

If you can’t get out to experience Sierra mountain meadows first hand, then you have to see this video produced by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy staring American Rivers own Luke Hunt and Daniel Nylen. It spotlights the restoration being done on these tranquil areas in the sierra headwaters, which impact the dramatic rushing rivers located… Read more »

Clean Water At The Supreme Court

This is a guest blog from American Rivers intern Genevieve Meller. Los Angeles River, CA | USACE, Los Angeles District I was really excited to attend oral arguments at the Supreme Court last Tuesday as there was a clean water case on the docket. The oral argument session over Los Angeles County Flood Control District… Read more »

Making Progress Means Investing In Every Drop

Take Action to Protect theColorado River Tell Congress to make a plan to restore the flows on the Colorado River! Making progress means investing in every drop. Kudos to the City of San Diego who seems to be ready to rise to the challenge of restoring balance to its water usage and the realities of… Read more »

Horse Creek Dam, Horse Creek, CA

Through the joint efforts of several agencies and organizations, the defunct Horse Creek Dam in the San Rafael Wilderness within Santa Barbara County, California, was demolished in October 2006 by a blasting crew. Measuring nine feet high and 60 feet wide, the dam was built in 1968 to capture debris flow following the large Wellman… Read more »

Hope Valley Restoration Project: A Collaborative Effort

Hope Valley, CA | Julie Fair The West Fork of the Carson River meanders through Hope Valley into the Carson River Basin, providing valuable habitat for fish and wildlife and clean water for drinking and irrigation downstream. As an integral component of this interstate watershed, Hope Valley Meadow provides natural water storage, flood attenuation, cooling… Read more »

A Bear of a Trip in the Golden Trout Wilderness

The small and beautiful California golden trout is a lot of fun for catch and release fly fishing | © Jacob Dyste The California golden trout is a distinctively beautiful fish that is native only in two small watersheds in the southern Sierra Nevada. Golden trout evolved out of isolation in a distinctive part of… Read more »

Rivers And Streams Of California Closed To Fishing As Drought Persists

With low flows in rivers and streams around California, reservoirs such as Folsom Reservoir on the American River, pictured here, are unlikely to be replenished soon | © Jacob Dyste As extreme drought conditions continue to persist across California, the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) has banned fishing in over 30 streams and… Read more »

Most Endangered Rivers for 2014

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014 The annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report is a list of rivers at a crossroads, where key decisions in the coming months will determine the rivers’ fates. Over the years, the report has helped spur many successes including the removal of outdated dams, the protection of rivers with Wild… 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 »