Marsh Creek Fish Passage Restoration

In 2010, an American Rivers-led partnership built a  fish ladder on Marsh Creek to enable Chinook salmon to pass a 6-foot high dam and access 7 miles of upstream spawning habitat.  Marsh Creek is the first tributary encountered by salmon returning from the ocean through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, thus Salmon spawned in Marsh Creek… Read more »

Colorado River Study: Will There Be Enough Water To Support The Demand?

Colorado River Delta | Peter McBride Will there be enough? “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.“ – W.H. Auden Yesterday, The Bureau of Reclamation issued its Final Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study. Authorized by Congress through the Secure Water Act of 2009 and jointly funded and prepared by the… Read more »

Colorado River Basin study is step toward 21st century water management

Washington, DC – A federal study released today looking at water supply options for the Colorado River Basin is a critical step toward bringing water management into the 21st century. American Rivers applauded the Obama Administration for its effort on the report, which recognizes that climate change is making the status quo management regime of… 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 »

Owl Moon Near the Tuolumne River

Great Gray Owl | Joe Medley, US Forest Service Somehow I heard it take flight as we stepped from the wet brush into the autumn meadow. It was the afternoon before Thanksgiving and I had enlisted my dad, son Jake, and a dear friend to help survey two twin meadows at the edge of Yosemite… 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 »

Mattole River, CA

Throughout the Mattole River watershed, poorly designed and installed culverts are being systematically evaluated and replaced to improve fish passage and stabilize sediment that may wash into spawning gravels. Because the Mattole River watershed is subject to extreme storm events and flooding, bridges, followed closely by open bottom culverts, are often the best option for… Read more »

Glimpses of the Colorado River

Colorado River, AZ, NV in 1871 | Timothy O’Sullivan/Library of Congress It is said that each journey begins with one step and that a flood begins with a trickle of water. Over the past couple of weeks the Colorado River may have taken two small, but not insignificant steps, towards becoming something like the mighty… Read more »

No Time for Superglue

Colorado River, AZ, CA, CO, UT | Dennis R. An article in the New York Times the other day really got me thinking. As winter is approaching many western states in the United States, are prepping for their traditional epic mountain snow season, which is not only the basis for their winter tourism, but is… Read more »