Flood Bypasses in California

Restoring floodplains protects our cities, jobs, and industry. Flood bypasses divert floodwaters away from urban areas and into less developed lands. California’s state engineer, William Hammond Hall, first proposed a system of bypasses in a report to the state legislature in 1880. The resulting Yolo Bypass has reduced the flooding that once plagued Sacramento for… Read more »

Lower San Joaquin River Flood Bypass

In order to meet the pressing need for expanded conveyance capacity on the lower San Joaquin River, and reduce the risks of catastrophically flooding thousands of residents in San Joaquin County’s urban communities, American Rivers is working with local project partners to propose a flood bypass on the Lower San Joaquin River. A Lower San… Read more »

Ensure Funding for Critical Conservation Programs: Call Your Senators Today!

Last week, the House of Representatives passed its Fiscal Year 2012 Agricultural Appropriations spending bill with deep cuts to funding for conservation programs.  The $1 billion in cuts to conservation programs are in addition to the $500 million reduction passed just a few months ago in the Fiscal Year 2011 appropriations bill.  These dramatic cuts… Read more »

The Multiple Benefits of Floodplain Easements

Download the report This report provides a snapshot of a single round of successful and highly sought after Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) floodplain easements in the Upper Mississippi River Basin states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.  Floodplain easements are a cost-effective way to minimize flood impacts, reduce repeat damages and store floodwaters… Read more »

Bay-Delta Conservation Plan

The Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is a collaborative planning effort between governmental regulatory agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the public, and is designed to achieve the co-equal goals of restoring the Delta’s ecosystem and improving water supply reliability for over 25 million Californians. The goals of the BDCP are to: Restore Bay-Delta habitat Reinvigorate native species,… Read more »

Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project

The Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project is part of an effort to restore the more than 350,000 acres of tidal wetland in the Delta Region that have been lost to agricultural reclamation over the last 150 years.  The project is the first large-scale tidal wetland restoration effort in the Delta and represents an important… Read more »

Record Midwest Floods Threaten Communities with ‘Walls of Water’

Roughly a quarter of the 40,000 residents evacuated Minot, North Dakota’s fourth largest city due to record flooding on the Souris River. The Souris River flows into Canada and is overtopping its levees due to heavy rainfall and releases from Canadian dams. The flooding on the Souris breaks the 1881 record and the river is… Read more »

Yolo Bypass and the Fremont Weir

Near-term opportunities to reduce the conflict between ecosystem needs and water supply in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are critical and limited.  The continued survival of endangered populations depends upon a balance between the two.  Typically, benefits to the ecosystem imply a negative impact on water supply, and vice versa. Clear scientific evidence, however, shows that… Read more »

Floodplain Easements are a Wise Investment & Bring Multiple Benefits

After 10 years of cuts to agricultural conservation programs, no one is doing more with less than the NRCS. Effective flood management requires us to use a host of tools and techniques, from improved stormwater management to floodplain ordinances that keep us from building in flood-prone places (a bad habit we’ve continued since the Great… Read more »