American Rivers Proposes Agenda to Overhaul Nation’s Flood Response

American Rivers’ Eight Point Plan (PDF)  Washington, DC — As the Midwest continues to recover from June’s devastating floods, American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, today released a national agenda for responding to the floods in a manner that both helps today’s victims and prevents tomorrow’s. “This is the second “500-year flood” in… Read more »

Bill to Add Wind Coverage to the National Flood Insurance Program Was Pulled from the House Floor Today

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives opted not to vote on the “Multiple Peril Insurance Act of 2009” (H.R. 1264) which would have expanded the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to include coverage for windstorms. American Rivers and National Wildlife Federation were joined by conservation, taxpayer, consumer and insurance organizations in opposing… Read more »

American Rivers announces America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2010

Washington, DC — American Rivers today released its most anticipated report of the year, America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2010. The 25th anniversary edition of the report spotlights ten rivers facing the most urgent threats, and also features key endangered river success stories from the past two decades. The number one river on the list is… Read more »

Endangered Rivers On FIRE!

Stop the Attacks on Clean Water  Let Congress know you support the Clean Water Act What a week!  News of the release of American Rivers’ annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® spread like wildfire this week.  This gives us great hope that progress will be made towards good decisions for our ten rivers this… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Will Save Millions and Clean Water: EPA Agrees With Philadelphia’s Plan

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson was in Philadelphia to endorse the city’s long-term plan to address sewer overflows from the city’s water management system. The plan, “Green City, Clean Water,” proposes green infrastructure to complement the existing ‘gray’ infrastructure system of pipes and treatment facilities. For Philadelphia this will mean wide spread… Read more »

Missouri River Flooding – time to end the blame game

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 snowpack in the plains and mountains approximately doubled the historic record for… 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 »

Supporting Agricultural Conservation Programs

The intensification of farming has artificially drained and compacted the land increasing flooding throughout the nation.  In fact, runoff from farms is the leading source of impairments to surveyed rivers and lakes and is a major contributor to the Gulf of Mexico hypoxia problem. Although these challenges are real, the conservation programs under NRCS continue… Read more »

Mississippi River Mayors for Clean Water

Mississippi River in St. Louis, MO | American Rivers I can remember visiting my grandmother in Memphis and going to Mud Island on the Mississippi River to wade through the concrete, scaled model of the Mississippi River Basin, seeing how all of the different tributaries and states connected. An impressive model given that the river… Read more »

Native Youth Restore Headwaters

Hope Valley, CA | Sierra Native Alliance On Sunday, Native youth from the Sierra foothills and American Rivers’ staff got into the mud and planted hundreds of willows along an eroding stretch of Wolf Creek. Wolf Creek is the most recent in an 8-month series of teaching and restoration projects we have worked on with the… Read more »