Preparing for Climate Change: Massachusetts

 Earlier this fall, Massachusetts released its Climate Change Adaptation Report. Following in the footsteps of many other states, such as Wisconsin, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington, Massachusetts’ report analyzes strategies to adapt to a changing climate across many sectors from natural resources to infrastructure and the economy. The Adaptation Report is organized in two parts;… Read more »

Better stream crossings make for safer roads during storms

Here in the Northeast we saw a lot of damage to roads and streams from Hurricane Irene in Vermont, Massachusetts and New York. In many places, road-stream crossings such as bridges and culverts were over topped and washed out, leaving large gaps in our road maps, some of which are still being repaired months later…. Read more »

Missouri River flooding: myths and facts

Missouri River flooding: myths and facts Last Wednesday’s Congressional hearing on the Missouri River Flood of 2011 was a reminder that, in addition to needing to end the blame game, we still have a lot of work to do to move beyond the myths surrounding flood management. The top four myths we heard at the… 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 »

Giving Thanks – for Fresh Food and Clean Water

The holidays are a good time to pause to consider all the things for which we’re thankful. For me, all of the people in my life who keep me laughing and inspired, for family, and for good food (my husband made three different pies this year!) and access to clean and safe water. But, not… Read more »

Rivers in November: By The Numbers

November is a busy month, with Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, along with continuing river conservation battles and successes. Here’s a quick wrap-up of the month, by the numbers: 1621: Year the Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth Colony. Can you name the brook that provided the Pilgrims their vital water supply and herring runs? (the brook that… Read more »

Clean Water Losses – State and Federal Protections Declining

  Tell your Senator to reject amendments that cut protection to our clean water. Rivers provide drinking water for two-thirds of all Americans and yet Congress is trying to rollback protections and funding for keeping these very waters clean. Meanwhile, a recent report shows that state protections do not fill this gap. The Clean Water… Read more »

How We Manage and Recover from Flooding

Photo: USDA NRCS We are always interested in seeing stories about how local communities are recovering from floods. The first farmer featured in the video link below describes how his Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program helped him recover from flooding this September in New York.  I have participated in CSA programs in the past and… Read more »

Mussel sampling is a fun way to experience your river

I was fortunate to join a mussel sampling expedition on the Cedar River in Iowa a couple weeks ago. The Iowa DNR is updating their statewide inventory of mussels, so they are sampling many new areas as well as repeating visits to sites that were known to host mussel populations years ago. Biologists at the… Read more »

Fracking in a Floodplain

Photo by Don Williams When American Rivers named 2011 The Year of the River, we never envisioned that the rivers would be showing themselves in such force across the country this summer. Who needs a parade when you can see cars floating down Main Street? Our recent encounters with Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee… Read more »