Meadow Reconnaissance

Summer in American Rivers’ California regional office means field season – or, as it should more aptly be named, meadow season. Going on three summers, and with the continued support of the National Fish and Wildlife Fund (NFWF), American Rivers’ staff has assessed meadows for restoration prioritization on a watershed scale. This summer, over 80… Read more »

Stanford on Verge of Momentous Dam Decision

The 60 foot Searsville Dam from below | Matt Stoecker After 15 years of pushing by American Rivers and partners such as Beyond Searsville Dam (BSD), Stanford University could finally start taking responsibility for the harm its water system causes to endangered steelhead trout and local streams. For over 100 years, Stanford has operated multiple… Read more »

American Rivers Awarded Grant to Improve Clean Water in the San Gregorio Creek Watershed

San Gregorio, CA — American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, was awarded a $441,146 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency West Coast Estuaries Initiative for its project: “San Gregorio Creek Watershed: Filling Critical Flow Needs.”  The 52-square mile San Gregorio Watershed provides water for an agricultural community and for sensitive and endangered species, including… Read more »

58 Dams to be Removed in 2009

Washington, D.C. — American Rivers today released its annual list of 58 dams in 16 states that have been removed or are slated for removal in 2009. Thanks to the removal of these outdated dams, communities across the country have the opportunity to enjoy better water quality, improved public safety and flood protection, and more… Read more »

Key Points on the Pending Announcement of a New Delta Proposal

The following organizations today urged that the points and key elements that follow be considered with regard to this Wednesday’s proposed major reframing of the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan: The Bay Institute, Natural Resources Defense Council, American Rivers, The Nature Conservancy, Defenders of Wildlife. On July 25, Governor Jerry Brown, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, and NOAA… Read more »

Can Beavers Help us Rehabilitate our Rangelands?

Before winter set in for the season, we discovered an impressive woody dam on the West Fork Carson River while doing field work in Hope Valley Meadow.  This high elevation alpine meadow sits on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada only a stone’s throw from South Lake Tahoe.  Because of its accessibility, it is… Read more »

Meadow Stewards Group formed for Hope Valley Restoration Project

On May 6th a large group of passionate citizens from both California and Nevada came out to Hope Valley Meadow for a volunteer orientation.  American Rivers and local partners are leading an effort to rehabilitate this iconic meadow that lies in a high Sierra watershed that feeds both states.  The Alpine Watershed Group and Friends… Read more »

Sediment Behind Klamath River Dams Not Harmful

On August 12, federal scientists released data indicating that sediment stored behind the Klamath River dams targeted for removal do not pose a threat to communities or the river. Scientists tested for mercury, PCBs, dioxins, and other harmful substances. You can read the data from the latest study here.  This federal study confirms the findings… Read more »

Watch our New Klamath River Film

We are at a historic moment in the Klamath Basin, where we have a chance to restore the river and help the basin’s farming and fishing communities create a better future. American Rivers and 25 other parties recently announced a proposed agreement to restore salmon runs, revitalize tribal and commercial fishing, and provide security to… Read more »

River Restoration In Oakley, CA Engages Community

Click to enlargeThe restoration of Marsh Creek | Jason Kabalin, Rich Walkling, Sarah Puckett Like too many creeks across the country, Marsh Creek was “improved” by the Soil Conservation Service in the early 1960’s. Until recently, the lower six miles was a treeless, trapezoidal flood control channel fenced off from surrounding properties. American Rivers’ partners,… Read more »