Meadow Stewards Group formed for Hope Valley Restoration Project

On May 6th a large group of passionate citizens from both California and Nevada came out to Hope Valley Meadow for a volunteer orientation.  American Rivers and local partners are leading an effort to rehabilitate this iconic meadow that lies in a high Sierra watershed that feeds both states.  The Alpine Watershed Group and Friends… Read more »

Restoring Safe and Healthy Rivers to California’s Central Valley

Friday, June 29th was a momentous day for flood management both nationally and in California. Congress reformed the National Flood Insurance Program, and California’s Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB) adopted a comprehensive flood plan that will restore safe and healthy rivers to the Central Valley. Despite several large flood control dams and over 1,000… Read more »

Help Us Fund Adventures on the LA River

If you’ve seen the movies Grease or Terminator 2 you may question the existence of the Los Angeles River. But despite appearances, the LA River is a real river. It’s not just a movie set or a drainage ditch or a lifeless trash dump. It is a living ecosystem that carries water from the mountain… Read more »

Horse Creek Dam: Six Years After it was Blown to Bits.

Measuring nine feet high and 60 feet wide, Horse Creek Dam was built in 1968 to capture debris flow following the large Wellman fire in the upper Sisquoc River drainage area. By the spring of 1969, the reservoir behind the dam was completely filled with debris and was no longer serving its purpose. Since its… Read more »

Huge Step Forward for Yuba Salmon Restoration!

On February 29, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a much anticipated plan for how the Corps of Engineers must change its Englebright Dam and Daguerre Point Dam on the Yuba River to eliminate the dams’ contribution to the risk of extinction of Yuba salmon, steelhead and green sturgeon. This plan, called a Biological Opinion,… Read more »

Can Beavers Help us Rehabilitate our Rangelands?

Before winter set in for the season, we discovered an impressive woody dam on the West Fork Carson River while doing field work in Hope Valley Meadow.  This high elevation alpine meadow sits on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada only a stone’s throw from South Lake Tahoe.  Because of its accessibility, it is… Read more »

Wild and Scenic Film Festival Highlights Yuba Salmon

This past weekend the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) kicked off the tenth-annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, California.  Wild and Scenic is America’s largest environmental film festival, and this year Yuba Salmon are the cover story.  American Rivers listed the Yuba as a Most Endangered River in 2011 because of… Read more »

What is Happening with the 2011 Most Endangered Rivers?

Each spring American Rivers releases our top ten list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.  It is a day full of both angst and hope.  Of course, no river really wants to have the dubious distinction of being under such a great threat as to make “the list”.  Most rivers would rather flow freely- babbling along… Read more »

Hope Valley Restoration Project: A Collaborative Effort

Hope Valley, CA | Julie Fair The West Fork of the Carson River meanders through Hope Valley into the Carson River Basin, providing valuable habitat for fish and wildlife and clean water for drinking and irrigation downstream. As an integral component of this interstate watershed, Hope Valley Meadow provides natural water storage, flood attenuation, cooling… Read more »