American Rivers Receives Grant to Restore Sierra Meadows, Improve Water SupplyApril 9th, 2013
Luke Hunt, 530-575-8212
Nevada City - American Rivers will receive $137,000 from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy to support the design of restoration projects in two Sierra Nevada meadows: Hope Valley, in the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, in the headwaters of the Carson River, and Shell Meadow in the Stanislaus National Forest, in the headwaters of the Stanislaus River. The grants will support two years of work to restore key headwater meadows and monitor the benefits to fish, wildlife and downstream water users.
“By restoring these meadows we can help them act as natural sponges that store water,” said Luke Hunt, director of headwaters restoration in the California office of American Rivers. “As climate change reduces snowpack, California’s rivers and the downstream communities that depend on them will need this kind of innovative water supply solution.”
Meadow restoration is part of American Rivers’ work to prepare California’s rivers for the impacts of climate change. Healthy meadows soak up snowmelt like a sponge and store water high in the cool Sierra headwaters. Water flows out of the meadows during the summer drought when rivers need it most.
American Rivers’ Sierra meadow restoration work is a partnership that includes the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, U.S. Forest Service, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Institute for Bird Populations, Trout Unlimited and others. The grant’s funding source is Proposition 84: the water supply and flood control bond of 2006.