Meadows Field Season is Here!

Indian Valley, CA | © Julie Fair The high elevation regions of the Sierra form the headwaters of California and Nevada’s major rivers and the snowmelt from these areas provides the bulk of these states’ water supplies. Peppered along waterways at these elevations, are beautiful Sierra meadows. These popular recreation sites are critical to their… 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 »

Mountain Meadow Restoration

If you spend time hiking in California’s Sierra Nevada, there’s a good chance that you will find your way to a mountain meadow. The beauty and lush contrast of meadows compared to the surrounding forest make them favorite destinations. Meadows cover only a small fraction of the overall landscape, but are critical to the larger… Read more »

The Sacramento is Indeed a Transcendent River

This is a guest post by Bob Madgic, author of The Sacramento: A Transcendent River. Efforts are underway to help restore the fragile Sacramento River Delta, CA | © Bob Madgic At one time the Sacramento River was one of the richest rivers in the world. It alone carried four distinct runs of Chinook or… Read more »

Rivers Work Best When They’re Wet

If passed, HR3189 will hurt fish and wildlife by leaving river beds dry | © dalioPhoto The water supply system in the Colorado River Basin is near its breaking point. Despite an above normal snowpack in the Rockies, climate change and prolonged drought have sapped the once-vigorous Colorado River, threatening the water supply for 36… Read more »

California Rain Welcome, But Likely Too Little Too Late

Click graph to enlarge | © UC San-Diego Center-for Western Weather and Weather Extremes Much of California is expected to receive rain over coming days from a series of storms lined up over the Pacific. However, it is unlikely to make a significant contribution to the overall drought situation. California is dependent on the snowpack… Read more »

Journey to Bull Meadow

This is a guest blog by California American Rivers intern, Jon Fairchild. Jon’s internship is supported by the Patagonia Employee Internship Program. Bull Meadow, CA | © Jon Fairchild As a very fortunate American Rivers intern, I had the opportunity to do a couple of days of field work in the Stanislaus National Forest near… Read more »

Winter Is Coming

Winter is just around the corner here in Washington D.C. Temperatures are dropping, we had our first snow, and every day my fellow bike commuters are bundling up even more.   On these cold mornings I like to think back to warmer months out on the water.  This summer I traveled to the Elkhorn Slough in… Read more »

Pilot Projects Accelerate Meadow Restoration

In 2015, we will complete five meadow restoration projects with our partners in five watersheds (see photo reel). This on-the-ground work is part of our conservation strategy that uses pilot projects to build momentum, galvanize partnerships, demonstrate early successes, and ultimately create a fertile framework to accelerate restoration. We have seen time and again how… Read more »

California Member of Congress Sponsors Bill to Protect Wild Rivers

Washington, DC — Four of California’s most picturesque desert treasures are now one step closer to being protected forever. Just minutes ago, members of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee overwhelming approved the Desert and Mountain Heritage Act (H.R. 3682). The bill, sponsored by Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), would add the North Fork of… Read more »