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 »

Levee Breach Shows Importance of Natural Floodplains for Public Safety

On Monday, the US Army Corps of Engineers made the difficult decision to intentionally breach a levee on the middle Mississippi River. Dynamiting the Birds’ Point Levee routed floodwaters into 130,000 acres of agricultural land on the New Madrid Floodway in nearby Missouri and away from the 2,800 residents of Cairo, Illinois. Yesterday’s event activated… Read more »

Policy Reforms That Save Money and Prepare Communities for Climate Change

Weathering Change The recent Mississippi River floods have shown us how profoundly vulnerable we are to extreme weather. The record rains have drowned crops, inundated homes, and ground economic activity to a halt in many places. They’ve created agonizing choices that involve choosing which homes will be ruined and which will be saved. This is… 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 »

Westlawn Redevelopment

Sean Foltz accepts an award on behalf of American Rivers from Antonio Perez, Director of the Housing Authority and Willie Hines, Alderman | Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee American Rivers was recently recognized for their work with the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee. An award was presented at a recognition ceremony… Read more »

River Conservation Fellowship: Accepting Applications

Hoback River, WY | Scott Bosse Application Deadline: January 18, 2013 For anyone interested in engaging communities, preserving our water resources, and becoming a leader in the world of river conservation, the Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellowship is the opportunity of a lifetime.           American Rivers launched the fellowship program in 2007, with the… Read more »

Meadows Field Season is Here!

Indian Valley, CA | © Julie Fair The high elevation regions of the Sierra form the headwaters of California and Nevada’s major rivers and the snowmelt from these areas provides the bulk of these states’ water supplies. Peppered along waterways at these elevations, are beautiful Sierra meadows. These popular recreation sites are critical to their… 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 »

Unearthing a Piece of History—Daylighting Staunton’s Peyton Creek

Construction of Peyton Creek culvert from 1927 | © City of Staunton In Amy’s recent post, she does a great job of describing what stream daylighting is and how benefits to river health translate to community benefits. Staunton, Virginia is an example of one such community that recognizes the severe impact stormwater runoff is having… Read more »