Tell the Corps. and EPA to abandon the New Madrid Levee project | © IL Emergency Management Agency In 2011, as the Mississippi River crept closer to overtopping levees and flooding communities like Cairo, IL, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dramatically blew up the Bird’s Point levee at the top of the New Madrid… Read more »
Upper Colorado | Ken Neubecker Governor Hickenlooper recently received the initial draft of the Colorado Water Plan. This “plan” has been in the making since the drought year of 2002, and it’s not over yet. Work on the Plan, including public input, will continue through the coming year, with the Final version due to the… Read more »
Predictions of more frequent and more extreme storms are no longer a theoretical debate for climate scientists: we are living it. Here’s one personal account of Hurricane Joaquin.
Albany, NY American Rivers today praised the Army Corps of Engineers for choosing a 21st century flood management solution in the Jackson Brook watershed. The Corps’ decision not to build a 20-foot dam at Hedden Park, and instead focus on watershed restoration solutions will reduce flood risk and improve community safety. Stephanie Lindloff, senior director… Read more »
(Rochester, MA) – American Rivers today praised the work of public safety officials from the Town of Rochester, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, and the Massachusetts Office of Dam Safety to prevent the failure of Hathaway Pond Dam in Rochester. The dam, located on the Sippican River, developed a large hole during this week’s flooding,… Read more »
Washington, DC – American Rivers and the Environmental Protection Agency today announced that a forest and clean water protection effort in Adams County, PA will receive a $250,000 grant, as part of a comprehensive initiative to protect and restore rivers in the Potomac Highlands region. The grant will help the Land Conservancy of Adams County,… Read more »
Clean Water and Livable Communities: New Report Shows How Communities Support Clean Water and Redevelopment
Where would you rather live – community A in vibrant, thriving area but one that is hot and floods every time it rains, or community B in a vibrant, thriving area that is cooled by trees and green roofs where pocket gardens and green streets soak up water to help reduce local floods and sewer… Read more »
Free Courses in Pittsburgh: How to Manage a Dam Removal Project (November 9th) and Natural Flood Management (November 10th)
American Rivers is holding two free training events in Pittsburgh this November. On November 9th, learn how to manage a dam removal project! This course will empower you to successfully lead a dam removal project in Pennsylvania. The removal of dams and other stream barriers is a practical way to meet heightened dam safety requirements… Read more »
Citizens of Mammoth, CA united to restore Snow Creek Meadow Preserve and turn it into a community asset. | Michael Swimmer Fifteen years ago Snow Creek Meadow Preserve was a nameless discarded place, the undevelopable floodplain around Mammoth’s Snow Creek Condos in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. Then in 1996, a group of friends including a… Read more »
Portland, Oregon’s Flood Protection Success Story: Reducing Flood Risk and Restoring Floodplains along Johnson Creek.
In February I had a great opportunity to visit a few of Portland, Oregon’s floodplain restoration sites along Johnson Creek. My visit came a month after Portland experienced major flooding back in January 2012 when record snowmelt and heavy rains flooded many neighborhoods throughout the city. Seven major floods occurred on Johnson Creek in the… Read more »