American River Group

The American River Group (ARG) is a multi-agency and stakeholder technical team that coordinates fishery and operational requirements for the lower American River (LAR).

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is the lead coordinator of the ARG, bringing together those who have either a legislated or resources-specific interest in the operation of Folsom Dam and Reservoir, and the LAR. The formal members include agencies with trust responsibilities for fisheries resources in the LAR: Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and the Water Forum. Members of the public and other agencies may attend ARG meetings and comment on matters under consideration by the ARG.

The ARG convenes monthly or more frequently, if needed, to discuss water operations, fisheries, and other environmental concerns and to share operational and biological information with the goal of improving the technical understanding of LAR temperature and hydrological needs and operational constraints and considerations. Reclamation considers the provided information when making management decisions regarding temperatures and flows necessary to sustain fish resources in the LAR.

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Last Updated: 1/26/23