Wild Rivers

  • Lower Deer Creek Falls

  • Nason Creek

  • Rafting in the Smokies

  • John Day River

  • Gunnison River

  • Odyssey

  • West Milton Dam

  • Flint River

Sierra Nevada is committed to keeping the most inspiring places in America pristine, wild, and free.

Wild Rivers celebrates Sierra Nevada’s ongoing partnership with six non-profit organizations across the U.S. to protect vital lakes, rivers, and watersheds. We work with non-profits and local communities to make sure these resources remain healthy and vibrant.

Chico’s location at the base of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges affords us a pure and plentiful source of water, which is pumped from a deep aquifer continually recharged by rain and snow from nearby foothills and mountains. Like all of our brewing ingredients, we carefully handle and monitor this vital resource. Water makes up more than 90% of what goes into beer, so keeping our waterways clean is not only the right thing to do, it’s essential to making great beer.

Water is fundamental to our brewing process, but more importantly, to our local community and region. Efficiency is important to us, and wastewater generated by the brewing process is thoroughly treated in our state-of-the-art treatment plant before being discharged. Through careful use and water recycling, we have been able to reduce our water usage to nearly half of what is typically used by U.S. craft breweries. We have also joined with 22 other craft brewers in the Brewers for Clean Water Campaign created by the Natural Resources Defense Council to bring awareness to water quality issues across the country. With the help of our partners, we have raised over $405,000 in the past four years through the Wild Rivers program. Thank you to our partners and to our customers for your continued support of our commitment to healthy waterways, both in our backyard and across the country.


Western Rivers Conservancy

Western Rivers Conservancy is a Portland, Oregon based 501(c)(3) non-profit that protects outstanding river ecosystems in the western United States. Western Rivers Conservancy acquires lands along rivers to protect critical habitat and to create or improve public access for compatible use and enjoyment. By cooperating with local agencies and organizations and by applying decades of land acquisition experience, Western Rivers Conservancy secures the health of whole ecosystems. Western Rivers Conservancy has protected hundreds of miles of stream frontage on great rivers like the Gunnison, the Salmon, the Yampa, the Snake, the Hoh, the John Day and the Madison. Founded in 1988, Western Rivers Conservancy is the Nation’s only conservation program dedicated solely to the protection of riverlands. To learn more, please visit www.westernrivers.org.

The 2012 Wild Rivers campaign came at a key moment and helped Western Rivers Conservancy through the final stages one of its greatest conservation projects to date: protection of 16,000 acres of shrub-steppe habitat along 16 miles of Oregon’s spectacular John Day River. Truly a Wild River, the John Day is entirely without dams, making it the longest free-flowing river in the Pacific Northwest. It has the greatest run of summer steelhead in the Columbia River Basin and supports Oregon’s largest herd of bighorn sheep. The protected property is home to Rocky Mountain elk, pronghorn antelope, coyote, mountain lions, bobcats and rare animals like burrowing owls, bald eagles and sagebrush lizards. Sierra Nevada Brewing’s support helped us convey the property to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, making the river and its unique surroundings forever accessible to hikers, anglers, backpackers, birdwatchers and anyone else with an urge to explore one of the West’s wildest rivers. Cottonwood Canyon State Park will have its grand opening in autumn, 2013.

71 SW Oak Street Suite 100
Portland, OR


Ohio River Foundation

Ohio River Foundation is working to protect and improve the water quality and ecology of the Ohio River and all waters in its 9-state watershed. The health of the river and its tributaries affects the quality of life of more than 25 million people.
Ohio River Foundation provides a comprehensive approach to stewardship through conservation and education activities. In addition to the river restoration program that is removing small dams and restoring river health, the River Explorer, Youth Conservation Teams, and Stormwater School Rain Gardens programs reach thousands of students each year and are helping develop the next generation of environmental stewards. To learn more, please visit www.ohioriverfdn.org.

The Stillwater River in Ohio is one of the state’s prettiest and is rightly designated a State Scenic River. Also, several threatened and endangered freshwater mussels species have been observed in its waters. With support from Sierra Nevada’s Wild River campaign, an old, failing, and obsolete lowhead dam is soon to be removed that will make the Stillwater the longest free-flowing river in Ohio.

4480 Classic Dr
Blue Ash, OH 45241


The River Project

The River Project is a marine science field station founded in 1986 at Pier 26 in Tribeca, on the lower west side of Manhattan, in New York City. The River Project works to protect and restore the ecosystem of the Hudson River estuary through scientific research, hands-on environmental education, and urban habitat improvement.
The River Project’s programs and interactive exhibits expand public understanding of the estuary and inspire people to appreciate the ecosystem they live in. An intimate view of what is at the waterfront and beneath the surface contributes to a sense of well-being for urban residents and to the perception of New York City as a viable place to live and work. To learn more, please visit www.riverprojectnyc.org.

The Sierra Nevada Wild Rivers program has made it possible for school groups with kids from low-income families in the NYC area to have educational, marine biology field trips at The River Project for free or discounted rates. The Wild Rivers program has also helped fund continued research on wild oyster populations in the Hudson River Estuary and helped fund our vertebrate and invertebrate species monitoring programs. Wild Rivers has also supported mentors at The River Project who teach NYC student interns water quality testing and local plankton identification.

Pier 40 @ Houston & West St., 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10014


Delaware Riverkeeper Network

From the New York Highlands to the Delaware Bay, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) gives voice to the River and all the communities that depend upon a healthy watershed. DRN works throughout the 13,539 square mile Delaware River watershed which includes portions of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware. As the only advocacy organization working throughout the watershed, DRN is powerfully positioned to identify and address challenges that threaten our River and communities. DRN has stood as a vigilant protector and defender of the River since 1988.
Nearly 15 million people rely on the Delaware River watershed for drinking water. This includes the 8 million people who live within the watershed as well as the over 7 million people in New York City and New Jersey who live outside the basin, but receive their drinking water from the Delaware River. To lean more, please visit www.delawareriverkeeper.org.

The 2012 Wild Rivers Campaign has given the Delaware Riverkeeper Network an opportunity to continue its work in six inter-related program areas: Advocacy to protect water quality and habitats; Awareness-to-Action to organize local communities into activists to protect local streams; Habitat Restoration to restore damaged streams; Litigation to enforce environmental laws; River Tech to provide technical expertise necessary for citizens, municipalities and water protection organizations to understand and address complex watershed issues; and Water Watch to monitor the health of the River and its tributaries. The partnership with Wild Rivers enabled DRN staff and volunteers to work through these programs to defend the Watershed’s remaining high quality tributaries and diverse habitats and work to restore those areas of the Watershed that are impaired and damaged. With this approach and the help of Sierra Nevada, DRN continues to be a leader in regional watershed issues.

925 Canal Street
7th Floor, Suite 3701
Bristol, PA 19007


Chesapeake Bay Foundation

CBF is the only environmental organization that works throughout the vast 64,000 square mile Chesapeake Bay watershed to defend the public’s right to clean water—setting the agenda, serving as watchdog, and speaking out on behalf of the Chesapeake Bay to business, government, and the public. CBF’s programs of advocacy, education, restoration, and litigation benefit each and every one of the 17 million people who call the watershed home.
Our mission is to restore and sustain the Bay’s ecosystem by substantially improving the water quality and productivity of the rivers and streams that flow into the Bay with respect to water clarity, resilience of the system, and diversity and abundance of its living resources, and to maintain a high quality of life for the people of the Bay region. To learn more, please visit www.cbf.org.

There is something still worth saving in the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams.”
Thanks to support from the Sierra Nevada Wild Rivers Program, thousands of students and teachers learned that invaluable lesson—and many more—over the past year through CBF’s Environmental Education Program.
For most, these experiences with CBF was full of firsts—first time aboard a boat or canoe, first time exploring a salt marsh, first time touching and seeing the fish and other critters that live in local waterways, first time experiencing the beauty and wilderness of the Chesapeake Bay. These experiences affected many participants deeply—instilling new knowledge about the health of the Bay and its wildlife, and giving them an unforgettable experience that will shape their future.
Thanks to Sierra Nevada’s Wild Rivers Campaign, CBF continues to help inspire the next generation of Bay lovers, supporters, and guardians.

6 Herndon Ave
Annapolis, MD 21403


The Southeast Watershed Forum

The Southeast Watershed Forum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building the capacity of citizen groups and local governments to protect and restore their rivers, lakes, coastal waters and wetlands for the benefit of current and future generations. The Forum builds leadership for watershed protection through education, training and regional dialogue throughout the southeastern United States. It has worked with over 80 communities to enhance watershed-friendly growth and development practices. The Forum strives to be a regional clearinghouse for successful case studies in watershed protection, restoration and management.
The Forum began its work in 1998 in response to a stated need for a regional center on watershed information. It received its nonprofit status in 2000 and is served by a Board of Directors representing the diversity of watershed interests throughout the Southeast. To learn more, please visit www.southeastwaterforum.org.

Southeast Forum supports Mountain Snorkeling for Environmental Education
The Wild Rivers program enabled the Southeast Watershed Forum to support scholarships for inner city and under-served youth in East Tennessee to immerse themselves in the aquatic habitat of the southern Appalachians through a Mountain Snorkeling program. The program, which serves hundreds of youth, introduces students to the role of forest and watershed management in preserving clean water, clean air, and prime habitat. Snorkeling takes place in either Citico Creek or the Conasauga River, both hotspots of biodiversity with students coming face to face with endangered darters and other fish and aquatic species. The program is managed by staff at the Southeast Tennessee RC&D Council and Cherokee National Forest.

5201 Kingston Pike, Suite 6-177
Knoxville, TN 37919