Judgment Day for one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC —The San Mateo Creek, which was named by American Rivers as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ in 2007, could learn its fate this week. On Wednesday, the California Coastal Commission is set to decide whether a proposed toll road complies with existing state laws. Thousands of people are expected to attend a public meeting… Read more »

Senators Feinstein and Boxer stand up for clean water and river health

Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today applauded Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer for their strong opposition to H.R. 1837, the “San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act,” introduced by Congressman Devin Nunes, which would have devastating impacts on rivers, clean water, and communities. The bill proposes to preempt California state environmental law, override clear scientific… Read more »

American Rivers’ Meadow Work Featured at Conference

American Rivers’ Sierra Nevada meadow assessment and restoration work was featured at the 96th annual Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) national meeting held this year in Austin, Texas. More than 4,000 people gathered at the conference to share strategies to promote “Earth Stewardship: Preserving and enhancing earth’s life-support systems”. Symposia centered on climate change, loss… Read more »

National Flood Awareness Week — An Opportunity to Communicate Flood Risk

This week is National Flood Awareness Week, so when I heard that NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams would be broadcasting a “Fleecing of America” story on FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Policy (NFIP), I eagerly tuned in. I was hoping to finally see the mainstream media dive into the complex issue of flood insurance. Perhaps… Read more »

Sunset Magazine Feature on Western Rivers

The March 2008 issue of Sunset Magazine includes a story on the West’s rivers, featuring yours truly, and water experts from around the region. It started back in the fall with a western water roundtable at Sunset’s office in California. They recorded the lively conversation and the magazine includes exerpts. The magazine also featured three… 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 »

Hope Valley Meadow Restoration: Benefits for Focal Bird Species

Yellow Warbler | Tom Munson American Rivers is leading an effort to restore Hope Valley Meadow, an iconic recreation destination and integral component of the Upper Carson River watershed. Hope Valley Meadow is a valuable ecological and recreational resource, but has been significantly degraded by historical land use impacts. American Rivers is currently working with… Read more »

Feather River, CA

American Rivers played a lead role in the relicensing of Oroville Dam, the tallest in the United States and the largest dam in the California State Water Project.  Oroville blocks salmon and steelhead from reaching many miles of spawning habitat and dramatically alters the flows and water quality of the Feather River downstream. In 2006,… Read more »

Yolo Bypass and the Fremont Weir

Near-term opportunities to reduce the conflict between ecosystem needs and water supply in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are critical and limited.  The continued survival of endangered populations depends upon a balance between the two.  Typically, benefits to the ecosystem imply a negative impact on water supply, and vice versa. Clear scientific evidence, however, shows that… Read more »