American Rivers

Climate Change Challenge: less water, worse droughts

Grant Award: $240,580; Year Awarded: 2013

The majority of California and western Nevada’s fresh water comes from the Sierra Nevada, falling in winter as snow that slowly melts in spring, delivering enormous amounts of clean water to both people and wildlife. Temperature increases due to climate change, however, are reducing the depth of this snowpack and accelerating snowmelt. In response, American Rivers will restore headwater meadows using the latest climate science to identify the best locations to employ their efforts. Hydrology data will be collected throughout their project to inform design parameters that address a range of climate uncertainty, ensuring the long-term sustainability of the restored systems.