The Klamath and Killer Whales

Algae bloom behind Klamath dam | James Norman The rivers of the Pacific Coast once teemed with wild salmon, providing nourishment for humans, wildlife, and ecosystems from the mountains to the sea—including many communities of orca whales. But for the last century, dams, habitat loss, and excessive harvest have pushed salmon to the brink. Dams… Read more »

Obsolete Searsville Dam will continue to damage San Francisquito Creek

Searsville Dam | Matt Stoecker, Beyond Searsville Dam In a disappointing decision, Stanford announced that it has preliminarily chosen to cut a hole at the bottom of Searsville dam as its preferred option for allowing steelhead to travel past the dam, but it will study the option further before making a final decision. The dam… Read more »

Commission Votes to Protect One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC — Californians don’t want a new place to get stuck in traffic. That was the overwhelming message voiced by thousands of residents to the California Coastal Commission, as they joined together against a proposed toll road, whose construction would destroy San Onofre State Park. San Onofre houses the San Mateo Creek which was named… Read more »

American Rivers Releases List of 2010 Dam Removals

Washington DC – 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 2010, benefitting hundreds of miles of rivers nationwide. The list includes obsolete dams in California, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio,… Read more »

Sacramento-San Joaquin named America’s Most Endangered River

Washington— The Sacramento-San Joaquin River System, the largest watershed in California, is on the verge of collapse, threatening the water supply for 25 million people, placing the capital of the nation’s most populous state at high risk of flooding, and damaging a once productive and healthy ecosystem. This threat landed the Sacramento-San Joaquin in the… Read more »

Meadow Stewards Group formed for Hope Valley Restoration Project

On May 6th a large group of passionate citizens from both California and Nevada came out to Hope Valley Meadow for a volunteer orientation.  American Rivers and local partners are leading an effort to rehabilitate this iconic meadow that lies in a high Sierra watershed that feeds both states.  The Alpine Watershed Group and Friends… Read more »

Smarter flood protection solutions for the 21st century

The weathermen on the local TV news call it “wacky weather” – those freak storms and floods that seem to be getting more frequent and more severe every year. But usually lost in the news coverage is why flooding and flood damage is getting worse. The fact is, despite continued investment in structures like dams,… 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 »

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 »