Securing Future Water For The Colorado River Requires Action Now

Both Lake Powell and Lake Mead reservoirs are less than 50% full | © Wikipedia A recent piece in the New York Times “Colorado River Drought Forces a Painful Reckoning for States” (January 6) paints a dire picture of water scarcity in the Colorado basin, a crisis of supply and demand on an almost continental… Read more »

River Champions – Reader Nominated

South Yuba River Citizens League Starting in 1983, grassroots activists successfully fought to protect the South Yuba River from dams. In doing so, they created the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), which has remained the central hub for three decades of community activism to protect, restore, and celebrate this watershed we love. SYRCL is… Read more »

Finding Wetlands in a Drought

Today’s guest blog about the #1 San Joaquin River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Alison Jones. Alison is the Director of No Water No Life® and a professional photographer. Today Alison tells us about experiencing the magnificent wetlands that are fed by the river. Tell the California Water Resources… Read more »

What’s Happening on America’s Most Endangered Rivers?

In April, American Rivers released our annual report on America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, drawing attention to significant threats facing our rivers. We have been working hard in recent months to encourage progress on these critical issues, and some highlights from that work are mentioned below. San Joaquin River drying up at San Mateo Road |… Read more »

Update on Searsville Dam

Today’s blog is an update to a post from last month on the Searsville Dam. You can read the original post below the update, or by viewing it here. Searsville Dam on the San Francisquito River | Matt Stoecker American Rivers expects Stanford University to release its decision by the end of March on what… Read more »

California Member of Congress Sponsors Bill to Protect Wild Rivers

Washington, DC — Four of California’s most picturesque desert treasures are now one step closer to being protected forever. Just minutes ago, members of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee overwhelming approved the Desert and Mountain Heritage Act (H.R. 3682). The bill, sponsored by Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), would add the North Fork of… Read more »

Stanford University Plan to Protect Wildlife Is Inadequate

PALO ALTO, Calif.— The public has sent a powerful message to Stanford University and government agencies that the university plan for protecting endangered species on the 8,000-acre campus doesn’t go far enough and must consider removing Searsville Dam. The comment period closed last week for a proposed Habitat Conservation Plan addressing endangered species impacts over… Read more »

Making Hydropower Dams Work Better

Reintroducing steelhead fry | Credit: Hydropower Reform Coalition It’s a good year for rivers. Last week, the National Park Service began chipping away at the Glines Canyon and Elwha Dams. When the dams are removed in 2-3 years, it’ll be the culmination of a nearly 30-year effort to restore the Elwha River and its fisheries…. Read more »

Sierra Meadows Rx

What comes to mind when you glimpse a mountain meadow?  Is it awe, tranquility, the urge to grab your fishing gear and go? What you may not know is that these meadows are also key elements of our nation’s water infrastructure. Healthy meadows in the Sierra Nevada soak up flood flows and slowly release the… Read more »