Yuba named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Nevada City, CA – Outdated dams are preventing salmon recovery on the only major river draining the Sierra Nevada that still has wild runs. This risk earned the Yuba a spot on the annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™– a report issued by the conservation group American Rivers.  Best loved for its popular hiking… Read more »

What Can We Learn From the Mississippi River Flooding?

When the US Army Corps of Engineers blew the levee at Birds Point and the New Madrid Floodway, it sparked a heated debate. We can ask whether this particular by-pass was a idea or not, but that decision was made 80 years ago, right or wrong. One thing is for sure in a changing climate —… Read more »

Levee Breach Shows Importance of Natural Floodplains for Public Safety

On Monday, the US Army Corps of Engineers made the difficult decision to intentionally breach a levee on the middle Mississippi River. Dynamiting the Birds’ Point Levee routed floodwaters into 130,000 acres of agricultural land on the New Madrid Floodway in nearby Missouri and away from the 2,800 residents of Cairo, Illinois. Yesterday’s event activated… Read more »

Water Efficiency, Not Desalination, for Water Supply

Could water from an under-regulated desalination plant in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula provide an alternative water source to portions of Southern California? That is exactly what might happen as water agencies supplying San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson look for new ways to provide water to compensate for the loss of 20% of… 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 »

Stormwater Management in the Yuba Watershed

In the heart of Nevada County, American Rivers has installed two raingardens and a bioswale that, each year, capture and filter over 3 million gallons of stormwater runoff from 2 acres of parkinglots. In addition, a pathway of permeable pavement demonstrates a new, runoff-reducing technology (that also needs no deicing in winter) to library and… Read more »

Grazing Benefits on Restored Meadows

Both rivers and ranchers benefit when meadows are restored.  Healthy meadows filter and store water.  This improves water quality and augments lateseason stream flows, while providing habitat for fish and wildlife.  Ranchers also benefit directly when restoration improves livestock forage on meadows that are grazed. Nearly half the meadows in the Sierra are privately owned,… Read more »

Pauley Creek Meadows Restoration

If you spend time hiking in the forests of the Sierra Nevada, there’s a good chance that you will find your way to a mountain meadow. The total area of these meadows occupies only a fraction of the forest landscape, but their beauty makes them favorite destinations. One need only step from dense conifers or… Read more »

Bear Valley Meadow Restoration Project

American Rivers is leading efforts to restore 280 acres of wetland meadow habitat in the northern Sierra Nevada. This innovative project will provide the first model of how to restore both cultural and ecological integrity to Sierra Nevada meadows while simultaneously integrating climate change predictions into the restoration design process. Situated between the bustling Sacramento… Read more »

River Cleanup Showdown!

American Rivers has seen nothing like this in the history of National River Cleanup™ and that’s 20 years of cleaning up!). Two large cities, Los Angeles and Chicago, are competing to see how many Facebook fans they can gain prior to the two cities largest cleanup events. Both cleanups, the 22nd annual Great Los Angeles… Read more »