Expanding Meadow Restoration Across the Sierra Nevada

There are few places as majestic as a mountain meadow, and few landscapes that safeguard our rivers headwaters as well as a healthy meadow.  Over the last ten years, a series of meadow restoration demonstration projects in the Sierra have shown that large-scale meadow restoration can improve water supply, water quality, and habitat for fish… Read more »

See How Rivers Connect Us – River Mapping

This is a guest blog from American Rivers’ intern, Madelaine Pierce. Now you can trace your local river to learn more about its impact to your community | © NationalAtlas.gov The earliest known maps date back to before 16,500 BC, depicting simple images of the heavens and skies. Today, we can enjoy a wide variety… Read more »

Drought Bill Would Do More Harm Than Good Statement Of Bob Irvin, President Of American Rivers

Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington — The House of Representatives today will consider H.R. 3964, legislation that waives critical clean water and river safeguards in California, slashes endangered species protections, and unravels key river protection and restoration agreements such as the San Joaquin River Settlement Act. The president of American Rivers, Bob Irvin, made the… Read more »

Come For a Ride Down the Colorado River!

Explore the Colorado River in Google Maps Street View This past August, as I floated down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with the Google Street View team, I couldn’t help but think how incredibly awesome it would be for people all around the world to be able to take that same trip “virtually.” … Read more »

Meadow 101 at Ackerson

This is a guest blog by California American Rivers intern, Jon Fairchild. Jon’s internship is supported by the Patagonia Employee Internship Program. Ackerson Meadow in the Tuolumne watershed, CA | © Jon Fairchild Have you ever watched a nature program on TV and found yourself in total awe about how many parts of the natural… Read more »

Phase II of the Deer Creek Tribute Trail is Complete

Newly constructed segment of the Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City, CA | Aeron Miller Since 2010, American Rivers has been involved in an effort to create a recreational trail along Deer Creek, the local waterway of one of American Rivers’ regional offices located in Nevada City, CA. With little public access and a… Read more »

With new thinking, flood control projects can ease drought

Originally printed as an Op-Ed in The Sacramento Bee. Levees along the San Joaquin River | Sarah Craig Recently, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature announced a $1.1 billion drought relief plan for California. But the $660 million allocated for flood management had many observers scratching their heads. We believe that this money could actually enhance water… Read more »

California Rivers Near Wild and Scenic Protection

Washington, DC — Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to protect 31 miles of California’s rivers as federal Wild and Scenic Rivers and 190,000 acres of wilderness.  The California Desert and Mountain Heritage Act (H.R. 3682), sponsored by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) designates the following four rivers as Wild and Scenic: Bautista… Read more »

Pressure Mounts on Stanford University to Consider Removing Searsville Dam to Restore Steelhead Trout and San Francisquito Creek

Palo Alto, Calif.— A growing coalition of conservation groups, leading scientists, Stanford alumni and Bay Area residents are pressuring Stanford University to consider removing Searsville Dam, an obsolete structure that has blocked steelhead migration in the San Francisquito Creek watershed for more than a century and serves no drinking water supply, flood control or hydropower… Read more »

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 »