Who We Are
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 over 600 members and Board of Directors work to ensure that the American River Parkway will survive and prosper for the benefit of future generations.
What We Do
SARA is the only local volunteer organization with the primary mission of protecting and, when necessary, fighting for the public interest in land and water issues concerning the Lower American River and the Parkway. Some of our achievements and responsibilities include:
Serving as plaintiff (with Sacramento County and the Environmental Defense Fund) in a lawsuit against East Bay Municipal District to prevent their taking American River water except under stipulated conditions. The 17-year legal battle resulted in a landmark decision setting minimum flow standards acceptable for fishery and recreational needs.
Signup for Announcements
RIVERWATCH Newsletter:Below 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