Flooding and Raw Sewage

We just released American Rivers eight point flood response agenda as recovery from the devastating midwest floods begins. As my colleague Will Hewes reports, sewage treatment is yet another flooding casualty: The flood waters that devastated the Midwest last month have receded, and the long process of recovery is underway. While the news headlines have… Read more »

Lessons From The Midwest Floods

This post by American Rivers President Rebecca Wodder originally appeared on Treehugger.com: Disastrous floods. We experienced them back in December in the Pacific Northwest. Now, more recently, devastating floodwaters submerged parts of the Midwest. We know that these kinds of rain storms and flooding will become more frequent and severe with global warming. How can… Read more »

Putting climate change politics before people

Yesterday was a sad day for common sense in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives approved an amendment [subscription required] by Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) that would keep the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from participating in the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, which is helping to ensure that federal agencies are preparing for… Read more »

The Tale of Two Rivers (and one very large river basin): as the Mississippi River flooding lingers, communities along the Missouri River are witnessing unprecedented flooding

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 levels of snowfall (see NY Times image below) in the Rocky Mountains, snow that is late to… Read more »

Smarter Farming Leads to More Water for Rivers

Today’s guest blog about the #1 Colorado River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Brooke Webb, owner of Mesa Park Vineyards and a member of the National Young Farmers’ Coalition.  The National Young Farmers’ Coalition, “Envisions a country where young people who are willing to work, get trained, and take… Read more »

Urban Rivers of Life

This is a guest blog from Tim Beatley. Tim is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia, where he directs the Biophilic Cities Project. Belle Isle, James River, VA | © Tim Beatley There are few natural features as important as rivers and streams in defining cities, in shaping sense… Read more »

New Green Infrastructure Plan

Trinity Church green roof in Milwaukee, WI | © Mike Jozwik Just recently, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s Commission approved a new Regional Green Infrastructure Plan for their service area. American Rivers played a role in helping the lead consultants CH2M HILL and CDM SMITH in some of the planning efforts. The plan calls for… Read more »

Happy as a Beaver in a Rainy Mountain Meadow

Beaver hard at work on Norden Lake near Bear Valley, CA | © George Lamson Despite the long, severe drought we are experiencing in California I believe there is always room for a little hope and optimism. Some of that came to us recently in the way of badly needed rain. For a couple days before the… Read more »

Protecting Turtles

Protecting Turtles through the Clean Water Act America’s smallest turtle, the bog turtle, only grows to roughly 3-4 inches – small enough to fit in the palm of your hand! Federally listed as a threatened species, these little guys are dependent upon wetlands for their home. Ensuring that these wetlands are protected under the Clean… Read more »