Meadow Restoration Tools

Erosion in Indian Valley, CA | Luke Hunt Meadow restoration is an important part of American Rivers’ work to safeguard California’s clean water at the headwaters, in the Sierra Nevada.  During the last five years, American Rivers has collaborated with academic, agency, nonprofit and foundation partners to develop tools to improve our knowledge of meadows… Read more »

Small grant programs mean a lot to local communities

With the state of the economy leading every newscast and talk of a “super committee” in Congress that will slash federal spending, it is to lose sight of all of the good things happening around us and positive impact many state and federal programs still have on local communities. Earlier this summer we announced, along… Read more »

White House Conference on Green Infrastructure

Katherine Baer speaking at the White House Conference on green infrastructure | American Rivers Last week I had the great opportunity to attend and speak at a White House Conference on Green Infrastructure convened by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency designed to bring together leaders in this area to… Read more »

Taking Control: Managing Your Stormwater Runoff Contribution

Yuba River, CA | Jacob Dyste The challenges facing our rivers today are daunting; and frequently the solutions are equally so. Dam removal, floodplain restoration, and political maneuvering to protect wild and scenic rivers are not solutions that an everyday river enthusiast can relate to. Even as a professional in river conservation, the road forward… Read more »

Merced River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2013: Merced River California At Risk: Wildlife habitat and recreation economy Threat: Intentional Flooding of a Wild and Scenic River Merced River, CA | Erick Gustafson Tell Congress to oppose the bill that would strip away Wild & Scenic protections for part of the Merced River to raise a dam…. Read more »

Flood Bypasses in California

Restoring floodplains protects our cities, jobs, and industry. Flood bypasses divert floodwaters away from urban areas and into less developed lands. California’s state engineer, William Hammond Hall, first proposed a system of bypasses in a report to the state legislature in 1880. The resulting Yolo Bypass has reduced the flooding that once plagued Sacramento for… Read more »

Colorado River Basin – Protecting the Flows

Drainage basin map of the Colorado River | Wikimedia Commons One of our nation’s, and the world’s, greatest natural treasures, the Colorado River carves a spectacular course through the heart of the American southwest. The management history of the Colorado River and its tributaries is a complex one, and as the age-old Western expression says,… Read more »

Day in the Life: Kerri McLean, River Restoration Program

Most of the time I use the law to protect rivers, but sometimes I get to get on the ground to help remove dams! The best part about being a professional dam buster is that it requires all sorts of skills, from project management, to collaboration and negotiation, to overseeing regulatory compliance. But at heart I… Read more »

Map of US Dam Removals 1936-2014

Few things have such a fundamental impact on a river as a dam. Dams block a river’s flow and can harm clean water, fish and wildlife, and recreation opportunities. American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams. We have been creating a running inventory of all dam removal projects we… Read more »