Preparing for extremes in Nashville

Hit a year ago by one of the worst floods in its history, Nashville suffered the loss of more than 30 lives and over $1 billion of property damage.  Just three years prior to that Tennessee was in the grips of the 2007 drought, one of the driest years in a century with 500,000 citizens… Read more »

Senator Hogg Continues Leadership on Flood Management Effort in Iowa

In an e-mail to his constituents yesterday, Iowa State Senator Rob Hogg demonstrated his solid leadership and vision on flood management.  Hogg described a recent tour of five Iowan counties with the sole purpose of learning more about “the potential for watershed management to reduce future flood damage in Cedar Rapids.” Senator Hogg has frequently demonstrated… 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 »

Rebuilding Better in New York

Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island, NY | Andrea Booher, FEMA Soon after Hurricane Sandy hit, devastating much of the Northeast, politicians and experts took to the press to urge the government to help communities rebuild “better”. But what exactly does rebuilding “better” mean? American Rivers offered some basic suggestions: Rebuild in the right… Read more »

News: Pennsylvania Stormwater Can Be Managed By Municipal Authorities

Combined sewage overflows (CSO) in West Haven, CT | © Christopher Zurcher Pennsylvania municipalities will have a new tool in their stormwater management toolbox—one that significantly hinges regulatory hammers, best management practice levers and funding drivers together— the legal flexibility to form authorities, sometimes referred to as utilities, to plan and manage stormwater. Governor Corbett… 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 »

Water Resources Bill Brings New Challenges for River Protection

Washington – The Senate voted today to approve HR 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA). The bill, which President Obama is expected to sign, makes major changes to how Army Corps of Engineers water projects are reviewed under cornerstone environmental laws. “WRRDA is a mixed bag for rivers,” said Bob… Read more »

New Climate Change Standard Can Help Restore Rivers

Culvert failure | Tom Maguire MA DEP Last week the Obama Administration followed through with another promise from the President’s Climate Action Plan– to require federal agencies to update their flood risk reduction standards to increase resilience to climate change. By establishing the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard the Administration will not only make sure… Read more »