Save the American River Association


Our mission is to protect and enhance the wildlife habitat, fishery, and recreational resources of the American River Parkway. Our volunteer, non-profit group of more than 600 members and Board of Directors work to ensure that the American River Parkway will survive and prosper for the benefit of future generations.

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Address:4441 Auburn Blvd, Suite H
Sacramento, CA 95841
County or Parish:Sacramento
Primary NTEE:Environment 
Sub NTEE:Alliances & Advocacy  
Executive Director:Sara Stephens
Contact Email:info@sarariverwatch.org
Primary Phone:916-482-2551 x2551
Website:http://www.sarariverwatch.org/
The American River Parkway receives nearly eight million visits annually, making it the most heavily used river for recreation in California. The Lower American meanders through the 6,160-acre Parkway in some of the most densely populated areas of the country. No other urban area in the West has a comparable resource. SARA is the only local volunteer organization with the primary mission of protecting and, when necessary, fighting for the public interest in land and water issues concerning the Lower American River and the Parkway. Some of our achievements and responsibilities include: Serving as advocate in cases where publicly owned Parkway property or zoning ordinances are threatened by private and commercial interests.

Serving as the American River advocate on the Sacramento Water Forum, a diverse group working to ensure a stable water supply through the year 2030, while protecting the resources of the river and the Parkway. Providing representation on many local agencies and advisory boards with an interest in the river and its assets. At times, SARA's Board of Directors has needed to resort to legal action is order to further our advocacy on behalf of the Lower American River. For example, SARA was a plaintiff with Sacramento County and the Environmental Defense Fund in a lawsuit against East Bay Municipal District to prevent their diverting the American River 23 miles upstream from the American's confluence with the Sacramento River. That became a 17-year legal battle resulting in a landmark decision setting minimum flow standards acceptable for fishery and recreational needs for the Lower American River.
SARA relies on membership donations to fund our annual program cost of $55,000. These contributions support:
- Efforts to increase water flow and temperature controls in the Lower American where drought conditions have caused fish kills and the evacuation of newborn salmon and trout from the Nimbus Fish Hatchery.
- Efforts to provide appropriate access and facilities so that present and future generations can enjoy the amenities and resources of the Parkway.
- Efforts to preserve, protect, interpret and improved the natural, archaeological, historical and recreational resources of the Parkway, its migratory and resident wildlife, and diverse natural vegetation.
- Efforts to mitigate adverse effects of activities and facilities adjacent to the Parkway.
- Efforts to provide public safety and protection within and adjacent to the Parkway.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Unrestricted - In 2017, we will be involved in a number of public processes including traveling to hearings, preparing testimony, and analyzing Environmental Impact Statements/Environmental Impact Reports. We may be hiring a legal intern and a communications intern to help us with various issues.
  2. Volunteers - We want to recruit more volunteers to help with program needs and outreach for new members.
'I have lived adjacent to the Parkway for 34 years. Every day, there is a parade of wildlife through my backyard including deer, foxes, coyotes, turkeys, and other species. It was the most wonderful place to raise my children who were out on the Parkway almost daily. 'Our volunteers spend countless hours preserving and enhancing this resource for future generations. What we do is not work. It is a calling.'

Sincerely,
Stephen Green, SARA President