American Rivers

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American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams. Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and future generations. Since 1973, American Rivers has fought to preserve these connections, helping protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 100,000 supporters, members, and volunteers nationwide. Through our river conservation work we are ensuring clean drinking water supplies, revitalizing fish and wildlife, improving recreation, and leaving a legacy of healthy rivers for future generations.

Contact Information
Address1: 
1101 14th Street NW, Suite 1400
City: 
Washington
State/Province: 
DC
Postal Code: 
20005

Log Meadow Restoration Project

The proposed project aims to pilot Wilderness-compatible techniques in Log Meadow in Sequoia National Park. Restoration will include filling the man-made ditches and erosion gullies to allow flow to disperse across the meadow. The ditches will be filled with biomass (eg. grasses and woody material) harvested by hand from the meadow and surrounding forest. This material would be compacted and stabilized within the channel. Filling the channel would allow floodwaters to spread out and soak in, reducing peak flows in the spring and replenishing groundwater and prolonging streamflow in the summer. The project will restore 18 acres of Log Meadow and build momentum for meadow restoration in designated Wilderness (97% of SEKI is Wilderness).

Logan Springs Meadow Restoration

The Lassen National Forest and project partners (American Rivers, Trout Unlimited, CDFW,, Forest Creek Restoration Inc., and others) propose to conduct meadow restoration at Logan Springs Meadow within the Pine Creek watershed. The proposed project is a meadow restoration project and would improve meadow hydrologic function and enhance habitat for the endemic Eagle Lake Rainbow Trout. The proposed action is to restore surface and subsurface hydrologic function and reduce or eliminate disturbance-caused channelized flow within the meadow system by complete fill of degraded channels, constructing BDAs to capture sediment, removing relic infrastructure that diverts flow, and constructing a grade control for stabilization. The project will restore the physical processes within Logan Springs Meadow responsible for formation of the meadow.

McKenzie meadow restoration

The Lassen National Forest and project partners (American Rivers, Trout Unlimited, Forest Creek Restoration Inc, CDFW, and others) are conducting meadow restoration at McKenzie Meadow within the Pine Creek watershed. The meadow restoration project will improve meadow hydrologic function and enhance habitat for the endemic Eagle Lake Rainbow Trout. The proposed action is to restore surface and subsurface hydrologic function and reduce or eliminate disturbance-caused channelized flow within the meadow system by reconstructing riffles and repairing relic berm and road impacts in the meadow. The project will restore the physical processes within McKenzie Meadow responsible for formation of the meadow and has the least amount of impacts in the short and long term.

Faith Valley Meadow Restoration

The Faith Valley Meadow Restoration is offered by a partnership that includes American Rivers, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Alpine Watershed Group. It is located along the upper West Fork Carson River in Alpine County, CA. The project will restore approximately 120 acres of meadow. The project is in the process of completing permitting and environmental compliance.