Reclaiming the Sierra

Upper American River Foundation

November 29, 2016

The Upper American River Foundation (UARF) is a nonprofit organization originally formed  in 2007 as part of the American River Watershed Group, in the likeness of the Henry’s Fork Foundation to be “The Voice of the River” focusing on using fisheries as indicators of watershed health.  Since 2007 we have formed partnerships with other agencies and nonprofits in the watershed to make mutually beneficial accomplishments. UARF has partnered with the Placer County Resources Conservation District, the El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation Districts,  Sierra Nevada Conservancy, The Sierra Fund, Protect American River Canyons, Canyon Keepers, the North Fork American River Alliance, Sac-Sierra Trout Unlimited, Placer County Water Agency, the El Dorado National Forest, the Tahoe National Forest, the Auburn State Recreation Area, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Cramer Fish Sciences, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.  Our accomplishments have included involvement with: 1) annual river clean up days as part of The Great Sierra River Cleanup,  2) interpretive panels on designated Wild Trout Streams and Wild and Scenic Rivers, 3) Angler Surveys, 4) suction dredging regulations, 5) a report “An Insider’s Guide to the North, Middle and South Forks of the American River and Canyons, 6) sampling for fish tissue analysis for fish consumption advisories, 7) sampling of Rainbow Trout for Genetic Stock identification, 8) Middle Fork American Project FERC Relicensing, and 9) the North Fork American River Sediment Study.