Smarter Flood Management in California’s Central Valley

Feather River, CA | Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority American Rivers is spearheading an effort to improve the safety and sustainability, while increasing the recreational, environmental, and community benefits, of a proposed levee modification project on the Feather River, CA. The Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency (SBFCA) released a draft Environmental Impact Statement in January,… Read more »

Envisioning a Restored Klamath River

Updated January 2007 Debates over restoration of river ecosystems can become contentious and polarizing: residents in an area faced with river management decisions may have a deep-rooted concern about large-scale landscape change, and fear of the unknown.  People are often unsure what the impacts of restoration might look like, and what the consequences could be… Read more »

Lower San Joaquin River Flood Bypass

In order to meet the pressing need for expanded conveyance capacity on the lower San Joaquin River, and reduce the risks of catastrophically flooding thousands of residents in San Joaquin County’s urban communities, American Rivers is working with local project partners to propose a flood bypass on the Lower San Joaquin River. A Lower San… Read more »

Happy as a Beaver in a Rainy Mountain Meadow

Beaver hard at work on Norden Lake near Bear Valley, CA | © George Lamson Despite the long, severe drought we are experiencing in California I believe there is always room for a little hope and optimism. Some of that came to us recently in the way of badly needed rain. For a couple days before the… Read more »

San Joaquin River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: San Joaquin River California Threat: Outdated water management and excessive diversions At risk: River health and resilient communities San Joaquin, CA | © Alison Jones, The San Joaquin is Central California’s largest river, supporting endangered fish and wildlife, communities, and one of the most productive agricultural regions in… Read more »

Above the San Joaquin

Levees, agriculture, and urban development built in the floodplain, San Joaquin, CA | Julie Fair, with aerial assistance provided by LightHawk Nothing will truly show you the extent to which California’s rivers have been augmented like a view from the air. Thanks to a donation from LightHawk, I recently had the opportunity to fly over… Read more »

Get Wild and Scenic in California

South Yuba River, whose protection inspired SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival | Leslie Elias Mid-January is one of my favorite times of year in Nevada City, which is home to American Rivers’ main California regional office. It’s the time of year when, thanks to the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, our little mountain town… Read more »

Judgment Day for one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC —The San Mateo Creek, which was named by American Rivers as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ in 2007, could learn its fate this week. On Wednesday, the California Coastal Commission is set to decide whether a proposed toll road complies with existing state laws. Thousands of people are expected to attend a public meeting… Read more »