The American River: a special partnership with Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Kent Anderson, Executive Director of the non-profit educational Effie Yeaw Nature Center, and I are thrilled to announce a new partnership to benefit the mission of the Center. Many school children in the area have visited, but if you’ve never been, the property is next to the American River in Carmichael, California. As an extension of my collaboration with the Water Forum, I’ll be exploring the painting I did to find out more about the creatures that live in and near this “wild & scenic” treasure. There are 29 creatures hidden in the painting not including humans. I’ll be researching many of the creatures and working with the Center’s science educators to create informative content. We’ll also be taking this content to a fun selection of merchandise that you’ll be able to purchase online or at the Center soon. Email the Nature Center to express your interest in special offers and events coming soon. A membership comes with free parking and special discounts on selected items.

Visit our new online shop and start collecting today.

The Great Horned Owl will be available on a selection of educational tees.

While the children are at school or exploring nature at the Center, mom will be at home relaxing.

Otter, one of the main creatures in the Lower American River.

Working with the Water Forum has given me a new opportunity to focus on one miraculous watershed: ours. It’s an example of how many watersheds work in what is now a global issue. Who are the many humans and creatures that use the river, often in competing ways? How does a river work in high flow and low? What are the implications for our futures: creatures and humans? Because California is a state of extremes, our watershed is especially critical. Because I have a degree in history and a deep fascination with water, I’m transfixed by the opportunity to learn from experts, to try to understand, and to tell the story of the Lower American through the eyes of its many creatures. 

Click here to see the installation of the mural at Sacramento County Administration Center plaza, 700 I St.

A statement by The Water Forum: Protecting our River and Water Supply

The Lower American River is one of the Sacramento region’s greatest treasures. Generations of Sacramento-area residents have grown up on the river and along the parkway, enjoying its rich ecosystem of plants and wildlife. And ever since the region’s first settlers, the river has sustained our lives and livelihoods by providing drinking water.

But the river doesn’t just provide for us, it also needs our active stewardship.

The Water Forum was formed in 1993 to provide a way for stakeholders to design balanced water-use and river management solutions. Today the Water Forum includes a diverse group of business and agricultural leaders, citizen groups, environmentalists, water purveyors and local governments.

Members work together under the Water Forum Agreement, signed in 2000, to balance two co-equal objectives: provide a reliable, long-term water supply for our region, and protect and preserve the fishery, wildlife, recreational and aesthetic values of the Lower American River.

Stephanie’s artwork—THE LOWER AMERICAN RIVER—was commissioned for the 20th Anniversary of the Water Forum Agreement. This beautiful painting celebrates the beauty and wonder of the river as our unique and cherished civic amenity and the only nationally designated “Wild and Scenic” river running through a major metropolitan area.

The artwork is also displayed as a mural at the Sacramento County Administration Building at 700 H Street in downtown Sacramento as a long-lasting tribute to the Water Forum and our region’s collaboration to develop lasting and holistic solutions for nurturing the river.

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