The Sacramento is Indeed a Transcendent River

This is a guest post by Bob Madgic, author of The Sacramento: A Transcendent River. Efforts are underway to help restore the fragile Sacramento River Delta, CA | © Bob Madgic At one time the Sacramento River was one of the richest rivers in the world. It alone carried four distinct runs of Chinook or… Read more »

Rivers Work Best When They’re Wet

If passed, HR3189 will hurt fish and wildlife by leaving river beds dry | © dalioPhoto The water supply system in the Colorado River Basin is near its breaking point. Despite an above normal snowpack in the Rockies, climate change and prolonged drought have sapped the once-vigorous Colorado River, threatening the water supply for 36… Read more »

California Rain Welcome, But Likely Too Little Too Late

Click graph to enlarge | © UC San-Diego Center-for Western Weather and Weather Extremes Much of California is expected to receive rain over coming days from a series of storms lined up over the Pacific. However, it is unlikely to make a significant contribution to the overall drought situation. California is dependent on the snowpack… Read more »

Journey to Bull Meadow

This is a guest blog by California American Rivers intern, Jon Fairchild. Jon’s internship is supported by the Patagonia Employee Internship Program. Bull Meadow, CA | © Jon Fairchild As a very fortunate American Rivers intern, I had the opportunity to do a couple of days of field work in the Stanislaus National Forest near… Read more »

Enter the Rainy Season

Assessing a meadow in the Kern Watershed, 2013 | Julie Fair Last week, our California headwaters restoration team geared up to assess the health of mountain meadows in the Pine Creek watershed in Lassen National Forest, and identify the ones most in need of restoration. Maps, GPS, cameras, and rubber boots in place, we were… Read more »

Rogue-Smith Rivers

America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2015 7. Rogue and Smith Rivers Location: Oregon, California Nickel strip mining is proposed near the Rogue and Smith River watersheds. They need to be protected from mining through a federal mineral withdrawal. Rainie Falls – Rogue River, Oregon | Tim Palmer The Wild and Scenic Illinois Rogue (OR) and… Read more »

California Member of Congress Sponsors Bill to Protect Wild Rivers

Washington, DC — Four of California’s most picturesque desert treasures are now one step closer to being protected forever. Just minutes ago, members of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee overwhelming approved the Desert and Mountain Heritage Act (H.R. 3682). The bill, sponsored by Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), would add the North Fork of… Read more »

Stanford University Plan to Protect Wildlife Is Inadequate

PALO ALTO, Calif.— The public has sent a powerful message to Stanford University and government agencies that the university plan for protecting endangered species on the 8,000-acre campus doesn’t go far enough and must consider removing Searsville Dam. The comment period closed last week for a proposed Habitat Conservation Plan addressing endangered species impacts over… Read more »

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 »