Flood Bypasses in California

Restoring floodplains protects our cities, jobs, and industry. Flood bypasses divert floodwaters away from urban areas and into less developed lands. California’s state engineer, William Hammond Hall, first proposed a system of bypasses in a report to the state legislature in 1880. The resulting Yolo Bypass has reduced the flooding that once plagued Sacramento for… Read more »

Colorado River Basin – Protecting the Flows

Drainage basin map of the Colorado River | Wikimedia Commons One of our nation’s, and the world’s, greatest natural treasures, the Colorado River carves a spectacular course through the heart of the American southwest. The management history of the Colorado River and its tributaries is a complex one, and as the age-old Western expression says,… Read more »

Improving Fish Passage By Removing Bonde Weir

Bonde Weir, San Francisquito Creek, CA | © American Rivers Thanks to the San Mateo County Resource Conservation District and countless partners who pitched in over the last decade, Bonde Weir on San Francisquito Creek in Palo Alto has been removed, improving access to high quality spawning habitat for migrating native steelhead trout. San Francisquito Creek… 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 Over the years, the report has helped spur many successes including the removal of outdated dams, the protection of rivers with Wild… Read more »

Enter the Rainy Season

Assessing a meadow in the Kern Watershed, 2013 | Julie Fair Last week, our California headwaters restoration team geared up to assess the health of mountain meadows in the Pine Creek watershed in Lassen National Forest, and identify the ones most in need of restoration. Maps, GPS, cameras, and rubber boots in place, we were… Read more »

Rogue-Smith Rivers

America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2015 7. Rogue and Smith Rivers Location: Oregon, California Nickel strip mining is proposed near the Rogue and Smith River watersheds. They need to be protected from mining through a federal mineral withdrawal. Rainie Falls – Rogue River, Oregon | Tim Palmer Update: Thanks to all of you dedicated River… Read more »

2015 River Cleanup Recap

2015 has been a great year for National River Cleanup! Because of the hard work of all the cleanup coordinators and volunteers, communities have cleaner rivers, safer drinking water, and more scenic waterways for all to enjoy. Now it’s time to look back over the highlights and get ready for next year.

Commission Votes to Protect One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC — Californians don’t want a new place to get stuck in traffic. That was the overwhelming message voiced by thousands of residents to the California Coastal Commission, as they joined together against a proposed toll road, whose construction would destroy San Onofre State Park. San Onofre houses the San Mateo Creek which was named… Read more »