Smarter flood protection solutions for the 21st century

The weathermen on the local TV news call it “wacky weather” – those freak storms and floods that seem to be getting more frequent and more severe every year. But usually lost in the news coverage is why flooding and flood damage is getting worse. The fact is, despite continued investment in structures like dams,… Read more »

Mississippi River Mayors for Clean Water

Mississippi River in St. Louis, MO | American Rivers I can remember visiting my grandmother in Memphis and going to Mud Island on the Mississippi River to wade through the concrete, scaled model of the Mississippi River Basin, seeing how all of the different tributaries and states connected. An impressive model given that the river… Read more »

Expanding Meadow Restoration Across the Sierra Nevada

There are few places as majestic as a mountain meadow, and few landscapes that safeguard our rivers headwaters as well as a healthy meadow.  Over the last ten years, a series of meadow restoration demonstration projects in the Sierra have shown that large-scale meadow restoration can improve water supply, water quality, and habitat for fish… Read more »

Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act Introduced to House and Senate

Washington, DC – American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for clean water and healthy rivers, today applauded Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD) for introducing the ‘Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013’ in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House. Senator Udall and Representative Edwards’ bill builds on the growing momentum across the… Read more »

Protecting Turtles

Protecting Turtles through the Clean Water Act America’s smallest turtle, the bog turtle, only grows to roughly 3-4 inches – small enough to fit in the palm of your hand! Federally listed as a threatened species, these little guys are dependent upon wetlands for their home. Ensuring that these wetlands are protected under the Clean… Read more »

Investing in a Drought Resilient Future

Last Thursday Governor Brown announced a farsighted $1 Billion dollar drought relief plan for California, but the $660 million allocated for flood management had many observers scratching their heads. The Governor is absolutely right to be thinking ahead about flood: The epic ten-year Australian drought ended with the two biggest flood years on record. Below is… Read more »

American Rivers Proposes Agenda to Overhaul Nation’s Flood Response

American Rivers’ Eight Point Plan (PDF)  Washington, DC — As the Midwest continues to recover from June’s devastating floods, American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, today released a national agenda for responding to the floods in a manner that both helps today’s victims and prevents tomorrow’s. “This is the second “500-year flood” in… Read more »

Bill to Add Wind Coverage to the National Flood Insurance Program Was Pulled from the House Floor Today

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives opted not to vote on the “Multiple Peril Insurance Act of 2009” (H.R. 1264) which would have expanded the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to include coverage for windstorms. American Rivers and National Wildlife Federation were joined by conservation, taxpayer, consumer and insurance organizations in opposing… Read more »