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 »
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 »
Can we all just catch raindrops where they fall? – the state of rainwater harvesting in the Colorado River Basin
Rainwater harvesting is a valuable tool to increase local water supplies but must also be carefully considered in the face of complex western water laws and impacts on groundwater recharge and river flows | © US EPA Growing up in Los Angeles in the 1990s, I remember the severe water shortages. Almost overnight, everyone was… Read more »
A buoy at Folsom Lake in California is left high and dry | © Chris Alford Sunshine and blue skies might seem like a dream for those weathering the throes of the arctic cold front that has swept across the majority of the United States. In California however, the record number of sunny days has… Read more »
Washington, DC – The Colorado River is the focus of a new Google Maps Street View project launched today in partnership with American Rivers. The imagery features the iconic Grand Canyon and marks the first time Google Maps has used the Street View technology on a major whitewater river in the U.S. Explore 279 miles of the Colorado River in Google Maps… Read more »
Today’s guest blog about the #1 San Joaquin River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Jon Fairchild. Jon is a American Rivers’ conservation intern from California. Tell the California Water Resources Control Board to act this year to increase flows in the San Joaquin | © Julie Fair, flight by… Read more »
National River Cleanup and Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. took part in river cleanups in New York City, Miami, and Los Angeles during the month of September.
Last Thursday Governor Brown announced a farsighted $1 Billion dollar drought relief plan for California, but the $660 million allocated for flood management had many observers scratching their heads. The Governor is absolutely right to be thinking ahead about flood: The epic ten-year Australian drought ended with the two biggest flood years on record. Below is… Read more »
A local resident, Evelyn Cook, talks about why nickel mining would be a bad idea environmentally and economically for the Smith River in Oregon and California.
Please visit www.AmericanRivers.org/Klamath for related documents and information. Nevada City, CA — In a historic milestone, after years of negotiations with American Rivers and other parties, PacifiCorp has agreed to remove four dams on the Klamath River, as part of a broader effort to restore the river and revive its ailing salmon and steelhead runs… Read more »