Shana works with Members of Congress, relevant government agencies, and other decision-makers to advocate for 21st Century solutions to flood control to increase natural resilience against flood disasters. Shana’s focus is on the Mississippi River basin and she coordinates her efforts with American Rivers’ field efforts in California, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Pacific Northwest.
Shana joined American Rivers in 2010. Prior to joining American Rivers, Shana worked at the Georgia Conservancy as their Water Program Manager where she advocated the establishment of a comprehensive statewide water plan for Georgia, aggressive water conservation, and enough clean water for all Georgians. She also previously worked for the Monitoring and Assessment of Biodiversity program at the Smithsonian Institution and for the Peace Corps, where she trained Nicaraguan farmers in soil and water conservation practices.
Master of Science in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development Program from the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Political Science at Syracuse University.
In February I had a great opportunity to visit a few of Portland, Oregon’s floodplain restoration sites along Johnson Creek. My visit came a month after Portland experienced major flooding back in January 2012 when record snowmelt and heavy rain… Read more »
This week, American Rivers is blogging about floods and flood risk to take part in Flood Safety Awareness Week (March 12-16, 2012), a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) educational init… Read more »
While the recent review by an independent panel (Review of the Regulation of the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System During the Flood of 2011) on how the Corps of Engineers handled the flooding along the Mighty Missouri River provides a good overv… Read more »
After a devastating year for flooding on the Mississippi River, it’s good news to see a recent report by the “congressional watchdog” agency that makes long overdue recommendations on how the Corps of Engineers (the “Corps… Read more »
Missouri River flooding: myths and facts Last Wednesday’s Congressional hearing on the Missouri River Flood of 2011 was a reminder that, in addition to needing to end the blame game, we still have a lot of work to do to move beyond the myths surr… Read more »
2011 has been an extreme year for flooding events across the nation. However, a few key factors made the Missouri River different from the flooding in other parts of the country. First, the combination of massive spring rains on top of thaw of heavy… Read more »
Last week, the House of Representatives passed its Fiscal Year 2012 Agricultural Appropriations spending bill with deep cuts to funding for conservation programs. The $1 billion in cuts to conservation programs are in addition to the $500 million redu… Read more »
Roughly a quarter of the 40,000 residents evacuated Minot, North Dakota’s fourth largest city due to record flooding on the Souris River. The Souris River flows into Canada and is overtopping its levees due to heavy rainfall and releases from Canadian… Read more »
As communities begin to recover from flooding along the Mississippi River, communities along the Missouri River [PDF] from the Dakotas to Iowa to Nebraska to Missouri are bracing for unprecedented flooding. The flooding is unprecedented due to record l… Read more »
On May 4, 2011, The Horinko Group, as part of its 2011 Webinar Series, hosted a panel of thought leaders and practitioners to discuss the status of Flood Risk Management in the United States and the prognosis for moving the effort in a sustainable dire… Read more »