Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC — The Sacramento-San Joaquin River System, the largest watershed in California, is on the verge of collapse, threatening the water supply for 23 million people, placing the capital of the nation’s most populous state at high risk of flooding, and damaging a once productive and healthy river. This threat landed the Sacramento-San Joaquin on… Read more »

Levee Breach Shows Importance of Natural Floodplains for Public Safety

On Monday, the US Army Corps of Engineers made the difficult decision to intentionally breach a levee on the middle Mississippi River. Dynamiting the Birds’ Point Levee routed floodwaters into 130,000 acres of agricultural land on the New Madrid Floodway in nearby Missouri and away from the 2,800 residents of Cairo, Illinois. Yesterday’s event activated… Read more »

Sediment Behind Klamath River Dams Not Harmful

On August 12, federal scientists released data indicating that sediment stored behind the Klamath River dams targeted for removal do not pose a threat to communities or the river. Scientists tested for mercury, PCBs, dioxins, and other harmful substances. You can read the data from the latest study here.  This federal study confirms the findings… Read more »

Wild and Scenic Film Festival Highlights Yuba Salmon

This past weekend the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) kicked off the tenth-annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, California.  Wild and Scenic is America’s largest environmental film festival, and this year Yuba Salmon are the cover story.  American Rivers listed the Yuba as a Most Endangered River in 2011 because of… Read more »

River Restoration In Oakley, CA Engages Community

Click to enlargeThe restoration of Marsh Creek | Jason Kabalin, Rich Walkling, Sarah Puckett Like too many creeks across the country, Marsh Creek was “improved” by the Soil Conservation Service in the early 1960’s. Until recently, the lower six miles was a treeless, trapezoidal flood control channel fenced off from surrounding properties. American Rivers’ partners,… Read more »

The Mountains And Rivers In All Of Us

San Joaquin River headwater, CA | Evan Reimondo I’m a relatively recent transplant to California. I moved here from Flagstaff, Arizona to take my current position with American Rivers, but I brought with me a love for the mountains. I’d visited California’s mountains before, but to get a little more familiar with them, I’ve been… Read more »

Bay-Delta Conservation Plan

The Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is a collaborative planning effort between governmental regulatory agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the public, and is designed to achieve the co-equal goals of restoring the Delta’s ecosystem and improving water supply reliability for over 25 million Californians. The goals of the BDCP are to: Restore Bay-Delta habitat Reinvigorate native species,… Read more »

Expanding Meadow Restoration Across the Sierra Nevada

There are few places as majestic as a mountain meadow, and few landscapes that safeguard our rivers headwaters as well as a healthy meadow.  Over the last ten years, a series of meadow restoration demonstration projects in the Sierra have shown that large-scale meadow restoration can improve water supply, water quality, and habitat for fish… Read more »

See How Rivers Connect Us – River Mapping

This is a guest blog from American Rivers’ intern, Madelaine Pierce. Now you can trace your local river to learn more about its impact to your community | © NationalAtlas.gov The earliest known maps date back to before 16,500 BC, depicting simple images of the heavens and skies. Today, we can enjoy a wide variety… Read more »

Drought Bill Would Do More Harm Than Good Statement Of Bob Irvin, President Of American Rivers

Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington — The House of Representatives today will consider H.R. 3964, legislation that waives critical clean water and river safeguards in California, slashes endangered species protections, and unravels key river protection and restoration agreements such as the San Joaquin River Settlement Act. The president of American Rivers, Bob Irvin, made the… Read more »