Reclaiming the Sierra 2017

Early Bird registration rates are ending soon for The Sierra Fund’s fourth biennial conference, Reclaiming the Sierra 2017: Headwater Resiliency. Register by Monday April 10 to take advantage of the discounted rates. For more information and to register visit

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River Clean Ups

The “Great Sierra River Cleanup” is sponsored each year throughout the Sierra Nevada by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. Check here for one near you: UARF is proud to be a part of this event and has been for several years:

2013 Clean Up at Mineral Bar (Iowa Hill Bridge) on Sept. 21, 2013Contact Bill Templin 916-601-9954 or for details.

Results from Prior Clean Ups:

2012 Clean Up at Mineral Bar (Iowa Hill Bridge) on Sept. 15, 2012:

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July 2, 2012 Clean Up at Mineral Bar by Volunteers from “American Rivers” lead by Keri Rinne

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September 24, 2010 Auburn Journal Article by Bridget Jones “Event keeping local waters clean”

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August 26, 2009 Secluded wood may be “plinkers paradise” 090826.PaggeCr.BrokenForeignBeerBottle.1251352768_4a63 090926.BillCarnazzo.PaggeCr.CleanUp.1251352726_244c

April 22, 2007 Canyon Cleanup Spotlights Earth Day 070422.VickiFennerPhotoAtEarthDayCleanUpAtConfluence.1201988084_a94cFly fisherwoman, Vicki Fenner shown here helping to clean up near the NF and MF American River Confluence  (UARF Board Member and ARWG Watershed Coordinator, Bill Templin, quoted in Gus Thomson’s article)

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Two New Wild Trout and Wild & Scenic River Interpretive Panels

Wild River-Wild Trout 1 FINAL 5-23-13 Wild River-Wild Trout 2 FINAL 5-23-13On July 18, 2013 we received the two 4ft x 4 ft interpretive panels that will be installed soon at Mineral Bar (Iowa Hill Bridge) and at the staging area at Oxbow Powerhouse on the North Fork and Middle Fork of the American River respectively.  Both the North Fork American River above Mineral Bar and the Rubicon River above the Ralston Powerhouse are designed at “Wild Trout Streams” by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife!

This designation has not been well understood, which is why UARF teamed up with the local Sac-Sierra Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Auburn State Recreation Area, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to prepare these beautiful panels.

Bill Carnazzo, Charter Member and Past President of the Upper American River Foundation, passed away on Jan. 15, 2013 at the age of 71, so Bill is honored on these panels posthumously for his efforts over the years to help enhance and protect the fisheries of the Upper American River Watersheds.

The North Fork of the American River above Mineral Bar has also been designated as a national “Wild and Scenic River”. This designation brings with it special management requirements for both USFS and BLM natural resource managers.

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UARF expands The Sierra Fund’s “Gold Country Angler Survey” to Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma

Bill Templin and one of our newest volunteers, Jennifer Hemmert, have been interviewing anglers at Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma to expand the information gathered on angler knowledge about local fish that was initiated by U.C. Davis researchers and expanded … Continue reading

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Upper American River Board Meetings

Our meetings are generally held on the 4th Thursday of each month via a teleconference over lunch starting at 11:45 a.m.  and lasted until about 1:00 p.m.. Call Bill at 916-601-9954 for more details and our minutes will be online soon.

Projects we are actively working on include:

1) Expanding the Gold Country Angler Survey into the American River Watersheds.

2) Developing a publication of photos and related text that tell the story of important issues in the watershed and what makes this watershed so unique.

3) Working with the U.S. Forest Service and the Sac-Sierra Chapter of Trout Unlimited to implement a grant from the Nevada-Placer RAC (Resource Allocation Committee) to improve signage on the two wild trout and wild and scenic rivers within our watershed (the North Fork American River above Iowa Hill Bridge, and the Rubicon River from Ralston Afterbay (Oxbow Reservoir) upstream to Hell Hole Reservoir.

4) Working with the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies and nonprofits to reduce the impacts of illegal dumping in the watershed.

5) Tracking the management and monitoring plans of PCWA (Placer County Water Agency) as they continue to work on updating their FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) license to operate hydroelectric power generation and purvey water supplies within the watersheds of Placer County.


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We wish to thank Bill Carnazzo for his years representing UARF at the PCWA FERC relicensing meetings and for his efforts to regulate dredge mining activities in the Sierra Nevada watersheds. We will miss your guidance and advice Bill, but we wish you the best as you continue supporting the issues of the Upper American River Watersheds.

Bill Carnazzo has stepped down as our UARF President and we want to thank him for his many efforts working on issues of importance to the watershed. We expect that as he continues to live in the watershed and fish our streams and creeks he will always be working (in one way or another) to improve, enhance, restore and protect the many features that make this area so unique. Thanks for your past and future help Bill! Tight lines and Happy Trails…

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