Most Endangered Rivers of 2011 Announced Today!

Presenting our much awaited…yearly exposé of rivers on the brink… America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2011! We have a crucial list of rivers compiled for this year, with threats ranging from natural gas development to flooding to mining to disgusting water pollution. It is all on the list! For the second year in a row,… Read more »

Steps Towards a Solution for Martis Creek Dam

Map of Truckee River watershed | U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers/American Rivers The Army Corps of Engineers considers Martis Creek Dam, located near Lake Tahoe on a tributary to the Truckee River, one of the top 6 highest risk Corps dams in the nation. It is classified in the Corps’ most severe risk category, requiring… Read more »

Successful Volunteer Event at Indian Valley Meadow Restoration Project

More than 60 volunteers came out to work and learn about the Indian Valley Meadow restoration | Elizabeth Soderstrom On September 29 a group of more than 60 volunteers and project partners gathered in Indian Valley meadow for a volunteer work and education event. Indian Valley, located in the Eldorado National Forest, forms the headwaters… Read more »

Finding New Ways To Access Your River

Middle Fork, American River, CA | Daniel Nylen Did you know that, at least in California, any time a new bridge is built or an old one replaced, the overseeing governmental agency is obligated to conduct a study on the feasibility of providing public access to the river? No? Well neither did we! It wasn’t… Read more »

Deer Creek Tribute Trail

The Sierra Nevada mountain range’s thousands of miles of rivers and streams sustain an incredible diversity of life and offer world-class fishing, whitewater boating, and other recreational opportunities. However, many rivers and streams are not accessible. For this reason the American Rivers’ California Field office is working with multiple partners to create the Deer Creek… Read more »

Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta

The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta once encompassed 350,000 acres of freshwater tidal wetlands and habitat for a host of native species, including millions of salmon.  Today, the Delta is a critical part of the water supply infrastructure for over 25 million Californians and a multi-billion dollar agricultural industry in the San Joaquin Valley. Destruction of… 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 »

San Joaquin River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: San Joaquin River California Threat: Outdated water management and excessive diversions At risk: River health and resilient communities San Joaquin, CA | © Alison Jones, The San Joaquin is Central California’s largest river, supporting endangered fish and wildlife, communities, and one of the most productive agricultural regions in… Read more »

Above the San Joaquin

Levees, agriculture, and urban development built in the floodplain, San Joaquin, CA | Julie Fair, with aerial assistance provided by LightHawk Nothing will truly show you the extent to which California’s rivers have been augmented like a view from the air. Thanks to a donation from LightHawk, I recently had the opportunity to fly over… Read more »