Welcome to California River Watch

I find some hope for the future of our planet in the emergence of millions of unconnected environmental and social movements. The leaderless Anarchy of this mass phenomenon and its macro scale means that its cells will not be centrally controlled or turned aside by profit motives. It seems to be a genuine grass roots response to the global threat which our planet faces. —Paul Hawken «


“Fix it in your constitution that no corporation, no body of men, no capital can get possession and right to your waters. Hold the waters in the hands of the people.”

John Wesley Powell 1890 North Dakota Constitutional Convention

River Watch
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Nature, Undammed

The largest-ever dam removal is underway, a milestone in the nation’s reckoning over its past attempts to bend nature to human will It was a small moment, with little fanfare, in one of the most remote patches of northern California. Just the rat-a-tat of three Caterpillar excavators gnawing through concrete signaled the beginning of the largest dam removal project in the history of the country, and perhaps the world. There was no ribbon cutting or ceremonial dynamite detonation. But the demolition on that June day arrived only after decades of argument and activism. The Klamath River dams, built between the early 1900s and 1960s, fundamentally reshaped one of the West’s most [...]

Supporting Organizations from CEQA Works pdf

CWA and 108 other Organizations Sign Letter to Protect and Preserve the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

California’s leading environmental justice, land use, and conservation organizations—109 in number and representing hundreds of thousands of constituents throughout the state—are writing you at this critical moment. We live in a time of unparalleled threats to our environment and communities. With climate change, every Californian faces increasing risks from wildfires, persistent drought, rising seas, and […]

California hills under cloudy skies

Thousands of domestic and public supply wells face failure despite groundwater sustainability reform in California’s Central Valley

Abstract Across the world, declining groundwater levels cause wells to run dry, increase water and food insecurity, and often acutely impact groundwater-dependent communities. Despite the ubiquity and severity of these impacts, groundwater research has primarily focused on economic policy instruments for sustainable management or the quantification of groundwater depletion, rather than assessing the impacts of […]

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Fluoride Science on Trial in Case With Broader Chemical Impacts

Bloomberg Law | Jan. 30, 2024, 2:30 AM PST | By Pat Rizzuto https://news.bloomberglaw.com/us-law-week/fluoride-science-on-trial-in-case-with-broader-chemical-impacts    Fluoride added to tap water to fight cavities for 75 years   Judge to conduct rare, de novo review of chemical’s science The health effects of a cavity-fighting chemical backed by health providers for decades will be on trial starting Wednesday, marking a […]