The Parks Department continues to suffer the effects of the extreme budget cuts in 2010, and is ill-equipped to handle the growing population of illegal campers, and the devastating damage to the River and Parkway's natural resources and threat to visitors' safety they bring.
While Sacramento County works at ending homelessness in our region, and bringing services to the people who need them, in 2015, SARA helped the Parks Department add 5 additional Park Rangers, 2 Parks Maintenance Workers 1, and 1 Associate Planner to their staff. We look forward to these incremental gains making a difference in the Department's ability to handle illegal camping, implement wildfire management strategies, as well as keep the Department on track to develop and execute a Resource Impact Monitoring Program as mandated by the American River Parkway Plan.
SARA seeks Sacramento County compliance with American River Parkway Plan. 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.
- Why SARA is Suing the County
- Why SARA is Suing - Fact Sheet
- Status on SARA lawsuit (12/6/14)
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)
County Board of Supervisors adopts new fee schedule, ignores SARA's concerns. Read more.
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)
American River Flow Standard (update in progress)
Westlands Selenium Petition (update in progress)
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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