What’s the biggest flood in history? The one that floods you.

I started writing this blog with the intention of talking about the biggest floods in United States history. But it quickly became a harder task when I tried to figure out how to measure the “biggest” flood. Is it by the amount of water? The most land covered? The most lives lost? The most property destroyed?… Read more »

Why Rivers Flood

Guest blog post by Katie Jagt Katie Jagt is a consulting engineer to American Rivers and in 2010 was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study flood management in The Netherlands. For millennia, floods have intrigued the human mind. No fewer than five civilizations have incorporated great deluges into their creation stories and it is not hard… Read more »

Top Ten Flood Facts

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 initiative. Today we are highlighting our Top Ten Flood Facts – please join the conversation and let us know what… Read more »

Appeals court upholds veto of costly, damaging Yazoo Pumps project

Washington, DC - In a victory for clean water, flood protection and taxpayers, a federal appeals court yesterday upheld a 2008 veto by the Environmental Protection Agency of the Yazoo Pumps, a wetlands-destruction project in Mississippi. The Yazoo Pumps, first proposed by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1941, would have cost $220 million in federal… Read more »

River Policy Update: 2011 Wrap-Up

Welcome to the first edition of the new and improved “River Policy Update”! This monthly blog series will provide comprehensive and timely updates on federal laws and policies affecting rivers across the country. If you’d like to receive the policy update each month by email, sign up here and fill out the survey to let… Read more »

World Wetland Day – Love your Carolina Bay!

In honor of World Wetland Day, I’d like to highlight one underappreciated wetland type which happens to be a personal favorite of mine.  Being a southern salamander lover, Carolina Bays have always been a fascination. Fed largely by rain and shallow groundwater, Carolina Bays [PDF] are elliptical shaped isolated wetlands found primarily in Georgia and the… Read more »

Flooding on the Mighty Mo: Lessons Re-learned

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 overview of the facts, it does not provide much in the way of new… Read more »

Restore the Yakima River and its salmon!

For nearly three years, I’ve been working with the Yakama Indian Nation and conservation partners at the National Wildlife Federation, The Wilderness Society, and Trout Unlimited (among others) to negotiate a package of habitat restoration and protection and water management measures to restore central Washington’s Yakima River and its salmon and steelhead in a way… Read more »

A Win for the Mississippi River

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”) must follow current laws and protect the environment when it comes to building and maintaining structures that support navigation… Read more »