River Champions – Reader Nominated

Mark Dubois – Friends of the River Mark Dubois co-founder of Friends of the River and the International Rivers Network Mark has long been a leader in river conservation. In 1979, he captured national headlines when he chained himself to the bedrock of the Stanislaus River Canyon as a new reservoir filled. While his action… 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 »

River Champions – Reader Nominated

South Yuba River Citizens League Starting in 1983, grassroots activists successfully fought to protect the South Yuba River from dams. In doing so, they created the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), which has remained the central hub for three decades of community activism to protect, restore, and celebrate this watershed we love. SYRCL is… Read more »

Historic Water Agreement Reached on Upper Klamath Basin Water

The Klamath River, CA needs to be undammed to provide habitat for salmon and steelhead! | © Patrick McCully Working together the Klamath Tribes, U.S. Department of the Interior, Oregon Governor Kitzhaber, Senator Wyden (D-Ore), Senator Merkley (D-Ore), and upper Klamath River basin irrigators have reached an agreement [PDF] on long-standing disputes related to water… Read more »

Army Corps to Study Yuba River Salmon Passage

Salmon need help passing the 260-foot tall Englebright Dam | © Amit Patel The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) yesterday delivered to Congress its Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) work plan and its FY15 budget, and both of these budget documents allocate funding for the Corps to study fish passage over their dams on the… Read more »

Searching for Steelhead in San Francisquito

Searsch for Steelhead, San Francisquito Creek, CA | © Kerri McLean My search for steelhead on San Francisquito Creek yesterday didn’t yield any fish, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Despite a major ongoing drought in California, we were lucky enough to have one significant rain event in Northern California a couple weeks ago. A portion… Read more »

Snail Darter Politics

Little Tennessee River | © USFWS, Southeast As California is enduring the worst drought in its history, some politicians are blaming it all on federal and state environmental laws that protect fish and wildlife and the rivers they depend on for survival. And, as predictably as water flows downstream, these politicians are looking for oddly-named… 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 »

President Obama Tours Drought-Stricken California

The drought in California has left rivers and reservoirs dry. Putting water supplies at risk | © Stuart Rankin President Obama visited California to see firsthand how the state is suffering from the worst drought in decades and to announce federal assistance. Flying in on Air Force One, the President could see that despite recent… Read more »

Map of US Dam Removals 1936-2013

We are excited to launch this interactive map of all known dam removals in the U.S.! 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… Read more »