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:
SARA seeks Sacramento County compliance with American River Parkway Plan.
- Does a river need water? How the law should protect flows on the American River (Purpose and Intent of Fish and Game Code Section 5937, The Public Trust and In Good Condition By Felix Smith)
- County Regional Parks has proposed Group Activity and Special Event Procedures for the American River Parkway. SARA comments on the Regional Parks Proposal can be found HERE. (Updated 11/16/2013)
- SARA has repeatedly communicated to Regional Parks its disagreement with Regional Parks' application of the American River Parkway Plan that is contained in the Group Activity and Special Event Procedures proposed by Regional Parks for the American River Parkway. Links to the documents produced by SARA for particular permits can be obtained HERE. (Updated 11/16/2013)
- Lake Natoma Waterfront and Trail Access Enhancement Project
- Why is the Parkway Plan important?
SARA filed a lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court on December 19, 2013. View the Petition for Writ of Mandate and Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief that was filed with the Court. Read the 12/23/13 Sacramento Bee Article: Sacramento County sued over parkway events.
Why SARA is Suing the County
Why SARA is Suing - Fact Sheet
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.
- Joint Operations Center
- American River Flow Standard (update in progress)
- Westlands Selenium Petition (update in progress)
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.
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.
Your membership contributions and donations to SARA are tax deductible, effective 01/01/2008. Click above for more information.
Signup for Announcements
SARA T-shirts and License Plate Frames
SARA T-shirts ($12) and License Plate Frames ($5) are now available here.
RIVERWATCH NewsletterBelow are links to current and past issues of Riverwatch, SARA's quarterly newsletter, containing articles and information related to the American River Parkway.
City/County ContactsA list of City and County Contacts is provided so SARA visitors may communicate with Sacramento County policy/decision makers regarding issues impacting the American River and the surrounding Parkway.
American River Bike Trail GuideThe Sacramento Bee has created an Interactive guide to the American River bike trail that visitors may find useful.
Biking & Hiking the American River Parkway from The American River Natural History Association