President Obama Tours Drought-Stricken California

The drought in California has left rivers and reservoirs dry. Putting water supplies at risk | © Stuart Rankin President Obama visited California to see firsthand how the state is suffering from the worst drought in decades and to announce federal assistance. Flying in on Air Force One, the President could see that despite recent… Read more »

America’s Most Endangered Rivers Coming April 9!

The Colorado River was last year’s #1 Most Endangered River. Stay tuned to see what river will be picked this year? | © Pete McBride It is almost time for American Rivers’ annual report on rivers in peril— America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014!  American Rivers and its partners nationwide will announce America’s Most Endangered… Read more »

Legislation introduced to authorize Klamath River Restoration Agreements

Klamath River, CA | USFS (Washington) — One of the nation’s biggest river restoration efforts will get a major boost today thanks to Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introducing legislation to authorize the Klamath River Restoration Agreements. The legislation authorizes agreements that resolve… Read more »

The California Drought – Has Year 4 Begun?

Folsom Lake reservoir in January 2014 | Jacob Dyste As much of the US is in the grip of a frigid arctic air mass, California is in the grip of a ridge of high pressure that has blocked the procession of drenching storms we had in December. A similar pattern, dubbed the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge,… Read more »

River Guardians Spring Conservation Update: Part 3

This is the final installment of the River Guardians Spring Conservation Update, which highlights some of American Rivers’ most recent successes on the East and West coasts. To learn more about the River Guardians for American Rivers or to support our efforts, please visit AmericanRivers.org/RiverGuardian. Please enjoy! Kayakers in Tahoe National Forest, CA | George… Read more »

It’s official: Removing Klamath dams is cheapest, most effective option

Nevada City, CA – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today released its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on PacifiCorp’s Klamath hydropower project, concluding: Dam removal would improve water quality, reduce fish disease and increase fall chinook spawning by more than 20,000 fish in the project area alone. Removing all four dams and replacing their generation would… Read more »

Key Points on the Pending Announcement of a New Delta Proposal

The following organizations today urged that the points and key elements that follow be considered with regard to this Wednesday’s proposed major reframing of the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan: The Bay Institute, Natural Resources Defense Council, American Rivers, The Nature Conservancy, Defenders of Wildlife. On July 25, Governor Jerry Brown, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, and NOAA… Read more »

California Continues to Prepare for a Changing Climate

In a new report California is taking the lead to tackle climate change at the local and state levels | California Climate Change Center With one of the worst droughts in the last 50 years parching over 50% of the country, and record breaking temperatures scorching communities nationwide, it is a relief to see that… Read more »

New Raingardens and Bioswale for Nevada City

American Rivers has broken ground on two raingardens and a bioswale in front of the County Building Department in Nevada City, CA.  Here parking strips are being converted to active landscapes: green infrastructure that will protect our clean water supply. This demonstration project is a strong local collaboration funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment… Read more »