Expanding Meadow Restoration Across the Sierra Nevada

There are few places as majestic as a mountain meadow, and few landscapes that safeguard our rivers headwaters as well as a healthy meadow.  Over the last ten years, a series of meadow restoration demonstration projects in the Sierra have shown that large-scale meadow restoration can improve water supply, water quality, and habitat for fish… Read more »

Barrier Removals in California

Fish passage barrier removal Since 1999, when American Rivers spearheaded the effort to remove the Edwards Dam from the Kennebec River in Maine, we have led the national movement to remove obsolete dams and other barriers from rivers. Since 2001, American Rivers has partnered with NOAA to help communities around the country restore their local… Read more »

Eel River, CA

Benbow Dam sits on the Wild and Scenic South Fork of the Eel River in Humboldt County, CA. It is a 15 foot tall flashboard dam that seasonally blocks passage for salmon species.  Historically salmon utilized the Eel River and South Fork of the Eel River. Currently, salmon can only access the South Fork when… Read more »

Klamath River, OR and CA

Watch our Klamath River Video < The Klamath River once supported the third-largest salmon run on the West Coast. Today, salmon and steelhead runs are a fraction of their historic abundance, with some near extinction. As a result, all Klamath Basin communities are suffering in some way, including Tribes, farmers, commercial fishermen and others. Learn more… Read more »

Yuba River, CA

The Yuba River watershed is home to some of the first hydropower dams in California, in some cases dating back to structures built during the gold rush era.  Today, more than 30 dams, 20 powerhouses and 500 miles of canals sprawl across the Yuba and Bear watersheds.  These dams block access for salmon and steelhead… Read more »

White House Conference on Green Infrastructure

Katherine Baer speaking at the White House Conference on green infrastructure | American Rivers Last week I had the great opportunity to attend and speak at a White House Conference on Green Infrastructure convened by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency designed to bring together leaders in this area to… Read more »

White House Conference on Green Infrastructure

Katherine Baer speaking at the White House Conference on green infrastructure | American Rivers Last week I had the great opportunity to attend and speak at a White House Conference on Green Infrastructure convened by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency designed to bring together leaders in this area to… Read more »

Indian Valley Meadow Restoration project

This fall, to reduce the water footprint of their bottling plant east of San Francisco, Coca-Cola is teaming up with American Rivers, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the US Forest Service and others to restore the Indian Valley meadow on the Sierra Crest, in the headwaters of the Mokelumne River.  The Mokelumne River flows… Read more »

Steps Towards a Solution for Martis Creek Dam

Map of Truckee River watershed | U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers/American Rivers The Army Corps of Engineers considers Martis Creek Dam, located near Lake Tahoe on a tributary to the Truckee River, one of the top 6 highest risk Corps dams in the nation. It is classified in the Corps’ most severe risk category, requiring… Read more »

Steps Towards a Solution for Martis Creek Dam

Map of Truckee River watershed | U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers/American Rivers The Army Corps of Engineers considers Martis Creek Dam, located near Lake Tahoe on a tributary to the Truckee River, one of the top 6 highest risk Corps dams in the nation. It is classified in the Corps’ most severe risk category, requiring… Read more »