Rivers Aren’t a Problem to be Solved

[Part 2 of a series on the floods in the Midwest – read part 1 here] Throughout much of American history, rivers have been treated as problems that must be “solved” through large scale and expensive engineering projects. The result? Rivers have been clogged with dams, straightened, channelized, and cut off from their floodplains by… 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 »

Pauley Creek Meadows Restoration

If you spend time hiking in the forests of the Sierra Nevada, there’s a good chance that you will find your way to a mountain meadow. The total area of these meadows occupies only a fraction of the forest landscape, but their beauty makes them favorite destinations. One need only step from dense conifers or… Read more »

American Rivers releases report on 21st century flood protection solutions

Washington, DC – As heavy rains swell rivers across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, American Rivers today released a report stressing the urgent need for flood protection solutions that safeguard communities and save taxpayer dollars. The report, “Natural Defenses: Safeguarding Communities from Floods,” calls on Congress and the Obama Administration to prioritize river restoration and protection and… Read more »

Securing Clean Drinking Water in an Uncertain Future

Floods, droughts, and now cholera? While we know that climate change will increase the frequency and severity of extreme weather, scientists report that this increase in extreme stormwater could “set the stage for a return of cholera to North America.”  Drinking water and sewage treatment plants are often the ones to bear the brunt of… Read more »

Tell Your Senators: Don’t Cut Conservation Programs

Take Action to Support Clean Water Take a moment right now to urge your Senators to reject cuts to hard-won conservation programs Your call today will come at a very important time when the Senate is back in session. A quick phone call to your Senator is even more powerful than a letter. Here’s what… Read more »