American Rivers calls for water management overhaul, supports disaster relief on eve of Secretary Salazar’s visit to Fresno

Nevada City – American Rivers today called for fundamental changes to the way water is managed in the Sacramento-San Joaquin river system to improve conditions for farms, fisheries and the environment, on the eve of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s visit to drought-stricken Fresno. The nation’s leading river conservation organization also pledged to support disaster-relief efforts to… Read more »

Deer Creek Tribute Trail

The Sierra Nevada mountain range’s thousands of miles of rivers and streams sustain an incredible diversity of life and offer world-class fishing, whitewater boating, and other recreational opportunities. However, many rivers and streams are not accessible. For this reason the American Rivers’ California Field office is working with multiple partners to create the Deer Creek… Read more »

Rivers of a Lost Coast

Our Board members continue to help spread the word about the importance of healthy rivers and the harmful consequences communities face when their rivers are damaged.  Most recently American Rivers Board member Tom Skerritt lent his acting skills to the new documentary Rivers of a Lost Coast. The film examines the history of the fly… Read more »

Floodplain and Wetlands Restoration Projects

Coyote Creek, CaliforniaAfter major flooding in 1983, the Santa Clara Valley Water District sought approval for levee setbacks and bypass channels. The project was completed in 1995 and is credited for reducing flooding in 1997. According to the Santa Clara Valley Water District, flood waters would have been 40 percent faster and water volume would… Read more »

Ecological Riverfront Design: Restoring Rivers, Connecting Communities

A report by Betsy Otto, Kathleen McCormick, and Michael Leccese American Planning Association (APA) holds the copyright for this report. Please do not copy or post the files provided here without permission from APA. To purchase the full report from the American Planning Association bookstore, click here.  (Note: All links below are in PDF format)… Read more »

Press Conference to be Held this Friday on Local River Restoration Project

Nevada City–On Friday, April 17 from 10am-11am a press conference will be held at Stocking Flat Floodplain on Deer Creek in Nevada City, CA to discuss the Deer Creek Restoration Project.  Speakers include Kyle Leach, a geologist from Holdrege & Kull Engineering; Grayson Coney, the Tsi-Akim Maidu Cultural Director; and Steve Rothert, the Director of… Read more »

Sacramento-San Joaquin named America’s Most Endangered River

Washington— The Sacramento-San Joaquin River System, the largest watershed in California, is on the verge of collapse, threatening the water supply for 25 million people, placing the capital of the nation’s most populous state at high risk of flooding, and damaging a once productive and healthy ecosystem. This threat landed the Sacramento-San Joaquin in the… Read more »

River Friendly Agriculture in the San Gregorio Watershed

California’s unique geography and Mediterranean climate have allowed the state to become one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. California produces over 250 different crops and leads the nation in the production of 75 commodities. Most of this production would not be possible without irrigation—agriculture and water are inextricably linked. In an… Read more »

Sierra Water Trust

The rivers of the Sierra Nevada form an immense natural and engineered water supply network that provides 60 percent of California’s water supply. They also support diverse and complex habitats, which has resulted in the Sierra Nevada ranking as the world’s most ecologically rich region in terms of native aquatic invertebrates.  However, most Sierra rivers… Read more »