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. 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 billion… Read more »

Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta

The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta once encompassed 350,000 acres of freshwater tidal wetlands and habitat for a host of native species, including millions of salmon.  Today, the Delta is a critical part of the water supply infrastructure for over 25 million Californians and a multi-billion dollar agricultural industry in the San Joaquin Valley. Destruction of… Read more »

Central Valley Flood Management

Many communities in California’s Central Valley face a greater risk of flooding than almost anywhere in the nation.  Larger storms, urbanization, and catastrophic levee failures threaten thousands of lives, water supply for 25 million people, a unique ecosystem, and an agricultural economy critical to the state. By actively working with local, regional, and state agencies… Read more »

Flood Bypasses in California

Restoring floodplains protects our cities, jobs, and industry. Flood bypasses divert floodwaters away from urban areas and into less developed lands. California’s state engineer, William Hammond Hall, first proposed a system of bypasses in a report to the state legislature in 1880. The resulting Yolo Bypass has reduced the flooding that once plagued Sacramento for… Read more »

Lower San Joaquin River Flood Bypass

In order to meet the pressing need for expanded conveyance capacity on the lower San Joaquin River, and reduce the risks of catastrophically flooding thousands of residents in San Joaquin County’s urban communities, American Rivers is working with local project partners to propose a flood bypass on the Lower San Joaquin River. A Lower San… Read more »

Bay-Delta Conservation Plan

The Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is a collaborative planning effort between governmental regulatory agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the public, and is designed to achieve the co-equal goals of restoring the Delta’s ecosystem and improving water supply reliability for over 25 million Californians. The goals of the BDCP are to: Restore Bay-Delta habitat Reinvigorate native species,… Read more »

Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project

The Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project is part of an effort to restore the more than 350,000 acres of tidal wetland in the Delta Region that have been lost to agricultural reclamation over the last 150 years.  The project is the first large-scale tidal wetland restoration effort in the Delta and represents an important… Read more »

Deer Creek Tribute Trail Bridge

The first Saturday of June marked National Trails Day 2011. In Nevada City, California we celebrated with a hike along the new Deer Creek Tribute Trail. American Rivers, along with many local community groups, worked to create this 7-mile creek-side trail re-connecting the community to this beautiful, little known gem. On June 3rd, the California… 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 »