Making Hydropower Dams Work Better

Reintroducing steelhead fry | Credit: Hydropower Reform Coalition It’s a good year for rivers. Last week, the National Park Service began chipping away at the Glines Canyon and Elwha Dams. When the dams are removed in 2-3 years, it’ll be the culmination of a nearly 30-year effort to restore the Elwha River and its fisheries…. Read more »

Sierra Meadows Rx

What comes to mind when you glimpse a mountain meadow?  Is it awe, tranquility, the urge to grab your fishing gear and go? What you may not know is that these meadows are also key elements of our nation’s water infrastructure. Healthy meadows in the Sierra Nevada soak up flood flows and slowly release the… Read more »

Indian Valley Meadow Restoration project

This fall, to reduce the water footprint of their bottling plant east of San Francisco, Coca-Cola is teaming up with American Rivers, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the US Forest Service and others to restore the Indian Valley meadow on the Sierra Crest, in the headwaters of the Mokelumne River.  The Mokelumne River flows… Read more »

Under Attack: The Wild and Scenic Merced River

Take Action to Protect theMerced River This is a serious threat to not only the Merced River, but all Wild and Scenic protections are at risk of being rolled back. Please take action to protect our heritage rivers. Representative Tom McClintock introduced legislation (H.R. 934) that would roll back protections for nearly a mile of… Read more »

Colorado

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2013: Colorado River Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming At Risk: Recreation economy, water supply, and wildlife habitat Threat: Outdated water management Spanish language Press Release and Colorado Report Map of Colorado River Basin including annual average water flows and dams (PDF) Watch the Colorado’s video (full screen button… Read more »

Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project

The Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project is part of an effort to restore the more than 350,000 acres of tidal wetland in the Delta Region that have been lost to agricultural reclamation over the last 150 years.  The project is the first large-scale tidal wetland restoration effort in the Delta and represents an important… Read more »

Meadow Restoration Publications

Download the Meadow Publication PDFs below: Evaluating and Prioritizing Meadow Restoration in the Sierra.  American Rivers and colleagues introduce tools to assess meadow condition, prioritize meadows for restoration, and monitor the effects of restoration.  Data are presented for meadows in the Yuba and Mokelumne Watersheds. Meadow Scorecard: A Rapid Assessment Tool.  Science staff from American… Read more »

Living with Water: At Home with Wood Ducks

Every morning I look out my window to see the wood ducks are going to visit my local pond that day | © Keri Rinne I never imagined that a pond and a pair of ducks in a small California town called Rough and Ready would make me feel so at home. I’ve always wanted… Read more »

The Flow of the New Year

"We go to the river’s edge for comfort, spiritual renewal, meditation, solitude; we go to the river to feel and know the continuance of life." – Henry David Thoreau