About Us

Mission Statement

Spring Rivers is dedicated to protecting the quality and health of our freshwater ecosystems. Because the best decisions are informed decisions, our goal is to further the knowledge of rivers, streams, and riparian systems and the biota they support. We seek to improve public awareness and understanding of the interconnectedness of ecosystems and people's role in them, and to create opportunities for people to make a positive difference.

Spring Rivers specializes in integrated assessment of biological and physical factors that affect ecosystem function and health. We have extensive experience with surveys of rare and special-status species and have employed our knowledge of aquatic ecosystems in the design of ecologically appropriate remedial and management measures.

Spring Rivers is committed to environmental education. We believe that bringing science to young people and getting them involved with real studies and management offers the most effective opportunity for teaching about environmental issues and how individuals can make a difference. In addition to consulting services, Spring Rivers works with local school districts, Resource Conservation Districts, and other entities committed to education work to find and secure funding for environmental education programs. We commit personnel to such projects and, when possible, make our project work available for educational opportunities.

StreamWise, a sister business of Spring Rivers , offers professional stream restoration design and implementation services. StreamWise incorporates natural stream processes and function into individually tailored restoration designs. StreamWise also provides laboratory analysis of field samples, including sediment load, turbidity, and grain-size analysis.

Spring Rivers is headquartered in the Burney/Fall River Region of northeastern California. We are situated at the edge of the Modoc Plateau and the intersection of the Cascade and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges. The unique combination of geological and hydrological conditions of the region have created an extensive system of large freshwater springs surrounded by majestic mountains to the south and west and a dry lava plateau to the north and east. The area is ecologically diverse and is home to a large number of endemic native aquatic species.

Shasta crayfish, Pacifastacus fortis, (bottom) and signal crayfish, Pacifastacus leniusculus, (top) young-of-year.
Shasta crayfish, Pacifastacus fortis, (bottom) and signal crayfish, Pacifastacus leniusculus, (top) young-of-year.