Save the American River Association

The Save the American River Association, (SARA) is a grass roots non-profit organization founded in 1961 to spearhead the establishment of the American River Parkway — the "crown jewel" of the Sacramento County Park System. 

Big Day of Giving - May 4th

SARA looks forward to participating in the Big Day of Giving on May 4, 2017. Help us reach our goal of raising $5,000 in support of our River and Parkway! This year you have the option to pre-schedule your gift. Head to to schedule your donation today and then tune in to follow the fun on Big Day of Giving!

Current Issues and Activities

Land Related

Water Related

The water committee continues to meet with the Water Forum regarding outstanding technical issues on the latest proposed flow management standard. At the same time, SARA is still fighting efforts by water districts in the Sierra Nevada foothills to divert American River water and sell it to purveyors outside of the region. Enough water in the river is no help if the water is polluted. We have ongoing battles with the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board over the issuing of sewer discharge permits that violate state and federal law.

SARA continues to work with allied organizations to institute reforms in the way California's water is managed. The ongoing drought has focused attention on the unregulated use of ground water and reservoirs and the historical practice of allocating water that does not exist. We are engaged in raising serious objections to the proposed Delta tunnels as a water management strategy for California's future. LEARN MORE.

Related Environmental Issues

In the News

Central Valley Business Times - January 30, 2017
Environmental groups assail governor’s Delta tunnels

The Sacramento Bee - January 10, 2017
Outdoorsman defended American River Parkway
By Sam Stanton

Daily KOS - December 10, 2016
Congress Approves Water Bill With Feinstein's Environmentally Destructive Rider
By Dan Bacher (SARA Advisory Council member)

The Sacramento Bee - November 27, 2016
Desert and farm, water drainage and a new deal in the Central Valley
By Mark Arax - Special to The Bee

The Sacramento Bee - November 1, 2016
How voters can save California’s plastic bag ban
By Stephen Green - Special to The Bee (SARA President)




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