Can Beavers Help us Rehabilitate our Rangelands?

Before winter set in for the season, we discovered an impressive woody dam on the West Fork Carson River while doing field work in Hope Valley Meadow.  This high elevation alpine meadow sits on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada only a stone’s throw from South Lake Tahoe.  Because of its accessibility, it is… Read more »

Oil Spill Reminds Us of the Importance of Our Great Waters

As oil continues to flow into the Gulf of Mexico from the devastating BP spill, the connection between clean waters, communities, and healthy wildlife becomes clear. Images of oil soaked brown pelicans, fishermen with no fish to catch, and beachgoers sharing the sand with cleanup crews fill our newspapers and present us with the inescapable… Read more »

The Gentle Beginnings of Sierra Headwaters

If you can’t get out to experience Sierra mountain meadows first hand, then you have to see this video produced by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy staring American Rivers own Luke Hunt and Daniel Nylen. It spotlights the restoration being done on these tranquil areas in the sierra headwaters, which impact the dramatic rushing rivers located… Read more »

The Colorado is America’s Most Endangered River

Today’s guest blog about the #1 Colorado River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Gary Wockner, Director of the Save The Colorado River Campaign. Save The Colorado provides funding for environmental organizations throughout the Colorado River basin. Mark Twain once said, “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.”  His words… Read more »

Klamath River, OR and CA

Watch our Klamath River Video < The Klamath River once supported the third-largest salmon run on the West Coast. Today, salmon and steelhead runs are a fraction of their historic abundance, with some near extinction. As a result, all Klamath Basin communities are suffering in some way, including Tribes, farmers, commercial fishermen and others. Learn more… 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 »

California FERC Hydropower Dam Relicensing

Beginning in the mid-1800s, hundreds of dams were built on California rivers. Many were first built to use in gold mining, but now most are used for hydropower generation and water supply. In the next decade, the licenses for 150 dams that affect hundreds of miles of streams will expire and the dam owners must… Read more »

Army Corps to Study Yuba River Salmon Passage

Salmon need help passing the 260-foot tall Englebright Dam | © Amit Patel The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) yesterday delivered to Congress its Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) work plan and its FY15 budget, and both of these budget documents allocate funding for the Corps to study fish passage over their dams on the… Read more »