Pilot Projects Accelerate Meadow Restoration

In 2015, we will complete five meadow restoration projects with our partners in five watersheds (see photo reel). This on-the-ground work is part of our conservation strategy that uses pilot projects to build momentum, galvanize partnerships, demonstrate early successes, and ultimately create a fertile framework to accelerate restoration. We have seen time and again how… Read more »

With new thinking, flood control projects can ease drought

Originally printed as an Op-Ed in The Sacramento Bee. Levees along the San Joaquin River | Sarah Craig Recently, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature announced a $1.1 billion drought relief plan for California. But the $660 million allocated for flood management had many observers scratching their heads. We believe that this money could actually enhance water… Read more »

One for the Fish

A healthy meadow with a meandering creek | Max Odland “Oh man, poor fish!” said American Rivers’ California Director of Headwaters Conservation Luke Hunt, standing on the edge of a five-foot high stream bank looking down at a series of disconnected mud puddles that made up Pine Creek. As we stared into the muddy water,… Read more »

Investing in a Drought Resilient Future

Last Thursday Governor Brown announced a farsighted $1 Billion dollar drought relief plan for California, but the $660 million allocated for flood management had many observers scratching their heads. The Governor is absolutely right to be thinking ahead about flood: The epic ten-year Australian drought ended with the two biggest flood years on record. Below is… Read more »

Scavenger hunt without a list

One stuffed lamb. One locket. Five mismatched flip-flops. One small grill. One tire. Dozens of bottles. Countless cigarette butts. Sometimes river cleanups feel like a scavenger hunt without a list. Last week we hosted a river cleanup in honor of National AmeriCorps Week at the Auburn State Recreation Area in California. Eight AmeriCorps members from… Read more »

Update on Searsville Dam

Today’s blog is an update to a post from last month on the Searsville Dam. You can read the original post below the update, or by viewing it here. Searsville Dam on the San Francisquito River | Matt Stoecker American Rivers expects Stanford University to release its decision by the end of March on what… Read more »

A world without rivers

Dry river bed in the Sierra Nevada of CA | Austen Lorenz Imagine a world without rivers. No digging in with your raft paddle as you shoot rapids. No guiding a canoe quietly downstream. No diving into deep river pools or standing in the mist of a waterfall. No casting fly lines into flowing water… 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 »

Fighting Erosion from Forest Roads

The forested Yuba River watershed in the Sierra Nevada | Gary Reedy Picture a tranquil dirt road through the forest, sloping downhill until it crosses a dry stream bed and winds away through the trees on the other side. There’s a good chance that the next time it rains, that road won’t be quite so… 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 »