Floodplain and Wetlands Restoration Projects

Coyote Creek, CaliforniaAfter major flooding in 1983, the Santa Clara Valley Water District sought approval for levee setbacks and bypass channels. The project was completed in 1995 and is credited for reducing flooding in 1997. According to the Santa Clara Valley Water District, flood waters would have been 40 percent faster and water volume would… Read more »

River Friendly Agriculture in the San Gregorio Watershed

California’s unique geography and Mediterranean climate have allowed the state to become one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. California produces over 250 different crops and leads the nation in the production of 75 commodities. Most of this production would not be possible without irrigation—agriculture and water are inextricably linked. In an… Read more »

A Bear of a Trip in the Golden Trout Wilderness

The small and beautiful California golden trout is a lot of fun for catch and release fly fishing | © Jacob Dyste The California golden trout is a distinctively beautiful fish that is native only in two small watersheds in the southern Sierra Nevada. Golden trout evolved out of isolation in a distinctive part of… Read more »

Colorado River

The Hardest Working River The Colorado River is a lifeline in the desert, its water sustaining tens of millions of people in seven states, as well as endangered fish and wildlife. Not only does the Colorado River provide drinking water to thirty-six million people and irrigate nearly four million acres of land, it also is… Read more »

River Champions – Reader Nominated

Mark Dubois – Friends of the River Mark Dubois co-founder of Friends of the River and the International Rivers Network Mark has long been a leader in river conservation. In 1979, he captured national headlines when he chained himself to the bedrock of the Stanislaus River Canyon as a new reservoir filled. While his action… Read more »

Still A Few Large Steelhead Left In The Merced River… But For How Long?

Today’s guest blog about the #1 San Joaquin River and its tributaries (including the Merced River)— a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series— is from Michael Martin. Michael is a fly fisher currently serving as Director of the Merced River Conservation Committee. He has spent his career as a fisheries scientist working to… Read more »

Fall Aspens in Hope Valley

Fall Aspens in Hope Valley | Julie Fair Fall is coming quickly to the Sierra Nevada. As always, the region’s high elevation makes it one of the first places in California to display the change in season. For American Rivers, this means squeezing in a couple last field visits out to our Sierra meadow restoration… 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 »

Klamath Dams to be Removed Under New Deal

Please visit www.AmericanRivers.org/Klamath for related documents and information. Nevada City, CA — In a historic milestone, after years of negotiations with American Rivers and other parties, PacifiCorp has agreed to remove four dams on the Klamath River, as part of a broader effort to restore the river and revive its ailing salmon and steelhead runs… Read more »

American Rivers and NOAA Award $133,000 to Restore Rivers and Fisheries in California

Washington, DC – Washington, DC — Rivers and fisheries in California will benefit from $133,000 in grants from American Rivers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center. Grants available through the partnership between American Rivers and the NOAA Community-based Restoration Program totaling $748,000 were awarded to projects in seven states to improve… Read more »