As Flooding Risks Rise, Communities Can Take Steps to Prepare

This post is part of a blog series for Getting Climate Smart, a joint effort by NRDC and American Rivers to guide state action on climate and water preparedness.  This guest post is by Ben Chou, policy analyst at NRDC, as part of a blog series for Getting Climate Smart, a joint effort by NRDC… Read more »

Moving Out of Harm’s Way

Arnold, MissouriResidents of Arnold, Missouri located south of Saint Louis, near the confluence received $2 million in disaster relief following the Great Flood of 1993. After that flood the town implemented a voluntary relocation plan that reduced federal assistance to less than $40,000 when floodwaters returned in 1995. Cedar Falls, IowaAfter floods caused six federally-declared… Read more »

Senate Takes Step Backwards On Floodplains

© AECOM from the report The Impact of Climate Change and Population Growth on the National Flood Insurance Program through 2100 Floodplains and wetlands are some of the most dynamic and diverse ecosystems on the planet. The interaction of water and land is critical for fish and wildlife, and these areas benefit communities in many,… Read more »

Big Rivers Need Big Wetlands

This rare Illinois chorus frog is a candidate for the federal Threatened and Endangered Species list. Once common in southeastern Missouri, the New Madrid Floodway provides critical habitat for the reclusive frog. Photo: Chris Young. This year, the middle Mississippi River made the 2014 America’s Most Endangered Rivers® list due to a proposed project by… Read more »

Integrated River Management on the Green River

A reach of the Green River in Kent in desperate need of floodplain restoration and shade trees. The Green-Duwamish is Seattle’s only river — given that distinction, it deserves better treatment.  The Green flows out of the Cascade Mountains just north of Mount Rainier, through Flaming Geyser State Park, and down to Elliott Bay through… Read more »

EPA Says No to the Yazoo Pumps

Washington, D.C. — For only the 12th time in its entire history, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun the veto process to kill an environmentally devastating project. For the past 67 years, the Army Corps of Engineers has been trying to convince America to waste more than 200 million dollars, to drain more than… Read more »

Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC — The Sacramento-San Joaquin River System, the largest watershed in California, is on the verge of collapse, threatening the water supply for 23 million people, placing the capital of the nation’s most populous state at high risk of flooding, and damaging a once productive and healthy river. This threat landed the Sacramento-San Joaquin on… Read more »

Extreme Weather and Climate Change?

I’m sure my fellow east coasters will agree with me, we have gotten a lot of rain in the last month. From the storms and floods surrounding Hurricane Irene to the current torrential rain storms, my raincoat and umbrella have become my new best friends. The unprecedented weather we’ve experienced across the country has ignited… Read more »