Green Infrastructure to Alleviate Flooding

American Rivers recently completed retrofitting over 12 acres of impervious surface in the Wilson Park Creek Subwatershed. One of the projects was a 4,987 square foot roof at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee’s building at 4707 S. 13th St. which houses a school that serves grades 6th-12th. The gymnasium roof is overlooked by over 13… Read more »

Green to Go Green for Clean Water in the Chesapeake

My office sits near the bank of the Susquehanna River in central Pennsylvania, so it was a treat to leave the office several days ago to travel downstream to where this 464 mile long river flows into the Chesapeake Bay at Havre de Grace, Maryland. I was there to attend an announcement of $4 million… Read more »

Wake Up!

In the last month there has been an outcry by members of Congress, states and the insurance industry [subscription required] to wake up and begin preparing for more large scale and extreme weather events. Illinois Senator Dick Durban commented early last week that it’s time we acknowledge the obvious fact that our climate is changing,… Read more »

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 »