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 »

Pond and Plug Timelapse in Indian Valley

Using pond and plug techniques, the Indian Valley meadow in California is on the path to recovery | Luke Hunt In 2012, American Rivers and the US Forest Service received a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Coca-Cola to restore Indian Valley meadow, in the headwaters of the Mokelumne River.  To track… Read more »

Rivers And Streams Of California Closed To Fishing As Drought Persists

With low flows in rivers and streams around California, reservoirs such as Folsom Reservoir on the American River, pictured here, are unlikely to be replenished soon | © Jacob Dyste As extreme drought conditions continue to persist across California, the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) has banned fishing in over 30 streams and… Read more »

American Rivers and Google Maps launch Colorado River Street View!

Explore 286 miles of the Colorado River (including 36 Mile Rapids shown here) in Google Maps Street View We are excited to announce the Colorado River is the focus of a new Google Maps Street View project launched today in partnership between American Rivers and Google Maps! For the first time, you can explore 286 miles of the Colorado… Read more »

Major Step Forward For Klamath River Restoration

Removing the four dams on the Klamath River will open up habitat for fish and wildlife | © Patrick McCully One of the nation’s biggest dam removal and river restoration efforts got a major boost on Friday with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) announcing that he will introduce legislation to authorize the Klamath River restoration agreements…. Read more »

River Restoration Adventure with Sierra Native Youth

Last weekend brought the first snows to the Sierra. Julie and I were lucky to be out in it– at 8000 feet with the Sierra Native Alliance’s Native Youth Conservation Corps. We were at the very headwaters of the Mokelumne River, planting hundreds of willows in the restored portion of Indian Valley. The goals were… Read more »

One for the Fish

A healthy meadow with a meandering creek | Max Odland “Oh man, poor fish!” said American Rivers’ California Director of Headwaters Conservation Luke Hunt, standing on the edge of a five-foot high stream bank looking down at a series of disconnected mud puddles that made up Pine Creek. As we stared into the muddy water,… Read more »

Just How Outdated is the 1872 Mining Law?

The General Mining Act of 1872 is an antiquated law governing mining on public lands. We need to protect special places that are threatened under this outdated rule.

California Rivers Near Wild and Scenic Protection

Washington, DC — Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to protect 31 miles of California’s rivers as federal Wild and Scenic Rivers and 190,000 acres of wilderness.  The California Desert and Mountain Heritage Act (H.R. 3682), sponsored by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) designates the following four rivers as Wild and Scenic: Bautista… Read more »

Pressure Mounts on Stanford University to Consider Removing Searsville Dam to Restore Steelhead Trout and San Francisquito Creek

Palo Alto, Calif.— A growing coalition of conservation groups, leading scientists, Stanford alumni and Bay Area residents are pressuring Stanford University to consider removing Searsville Dam, an obsolete structure that has blocked steelhead migration in the San Francisquito Creek watershed for more than a century and serves no drinking water supply, flood control or hydropower… Read more »