Enter the Rainy Season

Assessing a meadow in the Kern Watershed, 2013 | Julie Fair Last week, our California headwaters restoration team geared up to assess the health of mountain meadows in the Pine Creek watershed in Lassen National Forest, and identify the ones most in need of restoration. Maps, GPS, cameras, and rubber boots in place, we were… 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 »

Court Decision Reaffirms Obligation to Protect Wild and Scenic Rivers

Seattle, WA: The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco Thursday upheld a 2006 ruling that the National Park Service’s management plan for the Wild and Scenic Merced River in Yosemite National Park does not adequately protect the river. The ruling reaffirms the obligation of river managers to both protect and enhance the… Read more »

It’s Official: Removing Klamath Dams Saves Money for Power Customers

Salem, OR – Today the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) – the Oregon agency charged with protecting utility customers – formally ruled, after months of investigation, that the proposed Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA) is indeed in the best interests of PacifiCorp ratepayers as well as the cheapest alternative for the company. The basis of… Read more »

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 »