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 »

The Gentle Beginnings of Sierra Headwaters

If you can’t get out to experience Sierra mountain meadows first hand, then you have to see this video produced by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy staring American Rivers own Luke Hunt and Daniel Nylen. It spotlights the restoration being done on these tranquil areas in the sierra headwaters, which impact the dramatic rushing rivers located… Read more »

Making Hydropower Dams Work Better

Reintroducing steelhead fry | Credit: Hydropower Reform Coalition It’s a good year for rivers. Last week, the National Park Service began chipping away at the Glines Canyon and Elwha Dams. When the dams are removed in 2-3 years, it’ll be the culmination of a nearly 30-year effort to restore the Elwha River and its fisheries…. Read more »

LA River (Re-)Discovered

Believe it or not, a lot is happening this summer on the fabled L.A. River. The Paddle the L.A. River pilot boating program is, for the first time in the river’s history, conducting sanctioned canoe and kayak trips — led by L.A. River Expeditions, managed by Los Angeles Conservation Corps and assisted by other partner… Read more »

Saving Sierra Nevada Rivers from Misguided Dam Proposals

The South Sutter Water District recently proposed the 350-ft Garden Bar dam on the Bear River approximately 45 miles northeast of Sacramento, California (Map1). Garden Bar Reservoir would permanently flood approximately 2,500 acres in the lower Bear River, 900 of which are permanently protected public open space (Map2). At a cost of nearly half a… 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 »