Culvert failure | Tom Maguire MA DEP Last week the Obama Administration followed through with another promise from the President’s Climate Action Plan- to require federal agencies to update their flood risk reduction standards to increase resilience to climate change. By establishing the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard the Administration will not only make sure… Read more »
© Alison Jones Washington – American Rivers today applauded the Obama Administration for taking action to protect communities from flooding. The action acknowledges the importance of building community resilience to floods and using proven, natural approaches such as the protection and restoration of floodplains and wetlands. Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, issued the following… Read more »
Upper Colorado | Ken Neubecker Governor Hickenlooper recently received the initial draft of the Colorado Water Plan. This “plan” has been in the making since the drought year of 2002, and it’s not over yet. Work on the Plan, including public input, will continue through the coming year, with the Final version due to the… Read more »
Starting this month, American Rivers is launching a new multi-benefit project in the Wolf Creek Watershed, a major tributary to the Bear River in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Wolf Creek has historically been neglected and under-appreciated, in a community where the local waterway has not been a priority. Years of rapid urbanization in… Read more »
“What’s a raingarden?” our three-year old Giles asked over breakfast. “Perfect timing buddy, I just borrowed grandpa’s tractor, and we’re going to dig up the center of the driveway. Yeeha!” Instead of putting rainwater in pipes or letting it run down our driveway, I’m working on setting up a zero-runoff homesite: collecting and banking precious… Read more »
The new Interagency Guidelines will enable the Corps to consider projects that promote and protect natural ecosystem functions, like floodplains | Chris Young Yesterday was a big day for rivers. On December 17, President Obama’s Council on Environmental Quality released the final Interagency Guidelines, the companion to the Principles and Requirements that were finalized in… Read more »
The elusive least bittern breads in the marshes and wetlands of the Midwest, including the New Madrid Floodway, and is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act | Chris Young Today, American Rivers, as one of 90 organizations, sent a letter to President Obama asking for a Clean Water Act veto to protect the Middle… Read more »
Assessing a meadow in the Kern Watershed, 2013 | Julie Fair Last week, our California headwaters restoration team geared up to assess the health of mountain meadows in the Pine Creek watershed in Lassen National Forest, and identify the ones most in need of restoration. Maps, GPS, cameras, and rubber boots in place, we were… Read more »
National River Cleanup joined Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. for their 10th river cleanup on the Winooski River in Waterbury, Vermont.
The PA Senate is scheduled to vote on HB1565 that would undermine rules for forested riparian buffers to protect streams. Buffers are valuable to clean water, habitats and communities; current regulations are critical to restoring and protecting PA Special Protection Waters.