Hurricane Katrina was not just a natural disaster – it was a failure of man. Ten years later, more needs to be done to modernize the Army Corps of Engineers, promote natural flood protection, and reduce reliance on levees.
Eileen works with Congress and the Obama administration to advance positive federal river policy such as designation of new Wild and Scenic Rivers and dam and levee safety.
Eileen joined American Rivers in 2006. Prior to that she interned at National Wildlife Federation, the National Environmental Trust, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
B.S. in Environmental Science from Elizabethtown College, and M.A. in Environmental and Resource Policy from The George Washington UniversityAppenzell Creek in my parents' backyard
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Tell the Corps. and EPA to abandon the New Madrid Levee project | © IL Emergency Management Agency In 2011, as the Mississippi River crept closer to overtopping levees and flooding communities like Cairo, IL, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers drama… Read more »
Chevron on the Mississippi River | © Olivia Dorothy The Mississippi River is perhaps the U.S’s most visible and enduring example of an altered river. Where the Upper Mississippi River was once free flowing with islands, backwaters, and wide floodplains… Read more »
© AECOM from the report The Impact of Climate Change and Population Growth on the National Flood Insurance Program through 2100 Floodplains and wetlands are some of the most dynamic and diverse ecosystems on the planet. The interaction of water an… Read more »
Kennebec River, ME | © Laura Wildam Your right to voice your opinion on water projects is at risk this week as the House of Representatives takes up the Water Resources Reform and Development Act. Help protect your rivers and your rights by telling you… Read more »
Water Resources Development Act passed this week by an overwhelming margin. Luckily, there are some points that will benefit rivers and public safety. The Senate wrapped up debate on S. 601, the Water Resources Development Act this week and passed the… Read more »
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