Welcome to SARA

The Save the American River Association, (SARA) is a grass roots organization established in 1961 to spearhead the establishment of the American River Parkway (the "crown jewel" of the Sacramento County Park System) and adoption of the Parkway Plan. 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.

Current Issues and Activities

SARA's commitment to preserving the American River and Parkway requires constant vigilance. Below are current issues/activities we're working on:

County Board of Supervisors adopts new fee schedule, ignores SARA's concerns. Read more.

American River Bridge Crossing - SARA continues to oppose cars added to the Downtown Natomas Airport (DNA) lightrail/bike/pedestrian bridge across the American River at Truxel Road.

McKinley Village Project - SARA continues to monitor this proposed project for impacts to the American River Parkway in the region of the Parkway from Discovery Park to CSUS.

Pending Issues

  • Joint Operations Center
  • Water Related

    • American River Flow Standard (update in progress)
    • Westlands Selenium Petition (update in progress)

    Activities/Issues Archive

    Support SARA - Make a Donation and/or Become a Member

    SARA's continuing success in safeguarding the American River Parkway is made possible by the generous donations from citizens and businesses in our region. Click above to learn how you can make a contribution.

    SARA's President

    Stephen Green, a veteran of the California Water Wars, was elected president of Save the American River Association at the January 2014 Board of Directors meeting.

    SARA is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit

    Your membership contributions and donations to SARA are tax deductible, effective 01/01/2008. Click above for more information.