Restoring the Yuba River

Guest post by Steve Rothert, American Rivers’ California Field Office Director The fight to restore the Yuba River and restore salmon and steelhead runs to the upper Yuba has entered a new phase.  The Yuba County Water Agency recently started the process to obtain a new operating license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)… Read more »

Top 8 Reasons to Give to American Rivers in 2008

In 2008, American Rivers’ work led to unparalleled successes. Though we had many to pick from, we managed to come up with a list of our top 8 successes this year. Here they are (drumroll, please…): 1. Commemorating our 35 anniversary protecting and restoring the nation’s rivers to benefit people, wildlife and nature. 2. Negotiating… Read more »

Clean Water At The Supreme Court

This is a guest blog from American Rivers intern Genevieve Meller. Los Angeles River, CA | USACE, Los Angeles District I was really excited to attend oral arguments at the Supreme Court last Tuesday as there was a clean water case on the docket. The oral argument session over Los Angeles County Flood Control District… Read more »

Don’t Damage the Wild and Scenic Merced River

Today’s guest blog about the “Special Mention” Merced River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Dr. Michael Martin and Dr. Ralph Mendershausen. Dr. Michael Martin, a resident of Mariposa County, is a retired California Department of Fish and Wildlife toxicologist, an adjunct professor at City University in Hong Kong, and… Read more »

2010 Dam Removals

See a full list of dams removed in 2010  See a full list of dams removed/slated for removal in 2009 See our past list of dams removed from 1998-2008 American Rivers, the leading conservation organization fighting for healthy rivers so communities can thrive, today announced its annual list of 60 dams that were removed in… Read more »

Grazing Benefits on Restored Meadows

Both rivers and ranchers benefit when meadows are restored.  Healthy meadows filter and store water.  This improves water quality and augments lateseason stream flows, while providing habitat for fish and wildlife.  Ranchers also benefit directly when restoration improves livestock forage on meadows that are grazed. Nearly half the meadows in the Sierra are privately owned,… Read more »

Is “Catching” a Required Part of “Fishing”?

The Feather River, a nationally designated Wild & Scenic River, is a great place to take family out to enjoy nature, wildlife, and recreate | © Steve White While staying with the family recently on the Middle Fork of Feather River near Graeagle, CA, I had some free time to spend on the river. This… Read more »

Sierra Meadows from the Air

Aerial view of Indian Valley Meadow restoration, CA with Google overlay On a recent flight from Reno, NV to Los Angeles, CA I saw not one, but three of our meadow restoration project sites out the window of the plane! It was awesome, especially because each meadow is located in a different watershed and the… Read more »

River Champions – Reader Nominated

Richard Sloan – River Tree Volunteers, Inc. Richard Sloan started RiverTree Volunteers March 10, 2003, as a non-profit organization with no paid members, to help clean up the San Joaquin River in California. Since then, the organization averages removing 700 tires and 40 tons of trash and debris fro the San Joaquin River every year. RiverTree… Read more »

Finding the Flow in the San Joaquin Basin

Today’s guest blog about the #1 San Joaquin River and its tributaries (including the Tuolumne River)— a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series— is from Cindy Charles. Cindy is a fly fisher and the long time Conservation Chair of the Golden West Women Flyfishers and has been past Vice President of Conservation for… Read more »