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 American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams.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 »

San Francisquito Creek

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: San Francisquito Creek California Threat: Outdated dam At risk: Threatened fish, wildlife habitat, and public safety San Francisquito Creek, CA Steelhead | © Doug Rundle San Francisquito Creek is a natural refuge in an urban setting, providing recreation opportunities for nearby communities as well as a home to rare… Read more »

San Joaquin River, California

Aerial Views of San Joaquin River, CA The San Joaquin River is Central California’s largest river, supporting endangered fish and wildlife, communities, and is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. However, the river is so overtapped that it runs completely dry in stretches, threatening water quality, endangering fish and wildlife, creating… Read more »

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 »

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 »