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 »

72 Dams removed in 2014

Download the 2014 Dam Removals list [PDF] Download a comprehensive list of dams removed 1998-2014 [PDF] Explore the interactive map of all dam removals (Washington) — Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 72 dams in 2014, restoring more than 730 miles of streams for the… Read more »

Raingarden, Country-style

“What’s a raingarden?” our three-year old Giles asked over breakfast. “Perfect timing buddy, I just borrowed grandpa’s tractor, and we’re going to dig up the center of the driveway. Yeeha!” Instead of putting rainwater in pipes or letting it run down our driveway, I’m working on setting up a zero-runoff homesite: collecting and banking precious… 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 »