Supporting Agricultural Conservation Programs

The intensification of farming has artificially drained and compacted the land increasing flooding throughout the nation.  In fact, runoff from farms is the leading source of impairments to surveyed rivers and lakes and is a major contributor to the Gulf of Mexico hypoxia problem. Although these challenges are real, the conservation programs under NRCS continue… 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 »

Native Youth Restore Headwaters

Hope Valley, CA | Sierra Native Alliance On Sunday, Native youth from the Sierra foothills and American Rivers’ staff got into the mud and planted hundreds of willows along an eroding stretch of Wolf Creek. Wolf Creek is the most recent in an 8-month series of teaching and restoration projects we have worked on with the… Read more »

Weathering Change: Policy Reforms that Cost Less and Make Communities Safer

Weathering Change: Policy Reforms that Cost Less and Make Communities Safer  Download the Full Report (PDF)  Download the Executive Summary (PDF)    Download individual chapters 1. National Flood Insurance Program 2. Farm Policy 3. Bureau of Reclamation 4. Energy Policy 5. Clean Water Act 6. Water Resources Development Policy 7. Clean Water and Drinking Water… Read more »

Sierra Meadows from the Air

Aerial view of Indian Valley Meadow restoration, CA with Google overlay On a recent flight from Reno, NV to Los Angeles, CA I saw not one, but three of our meadow restoration project sites out the window of the plane! It was awesome, especially because each meadow is located in a different watershed and the… Read more »

Settlement secures key protections for Catawba-Wateree rivers, ends legal stalemate

  Columbia, S.C. – American Rivers, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League announced a settlement agreement with Duke Energy and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control that includes important protections for the Catawba and Wateree rivers and imperiled fish and wildlife. The agreement ends a legal… Read more »

With new thinking, flood control projects can ease drought

Originally printed as an Op-Ed in The Sacramento Bee. Levees along the San Joaquin River | Sarah Craig Recently, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature announced a $1.1 billion drought relief plan for California. But the $660 million allocated for flood management had many observers scratching their heads. We believe that this money could actually enhance water… Read more »

American Rivers Responds to Disastrous Midwest Floods

Washington, DC As flood waters continue to inundate Midwest communities, American Rivers today called on its activists and members across the country to support relief efforts. Rebecca Wodder, president of American Rivers, made the following statement: “The images and stories are simply devastating. Our hearts go out to the families and communities of the Upper… Read more »

Demand for Green Infrastructure Projects Higher Than Ever

Washington, DC – A new report issued by American Rivers analyzes how the $1.2 billion of green water infrastructure funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been spent. According to a new report, “Putting Green to Work: Economic Recovery Investments for Clean and Reliable Water,” demand for green infrastructure projects has never been… Read more »

American Rivers releases Citizen’s Guide to Army Corps of Engineers

Washington, DC – American Rivers, in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation, today released “A Citizen’s Guide to the Corps of Engineers,” a resource for individuals and organizations that care about the health of our waterways and want to improve the way the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans, constructs, operates, and issues permits for… Read more »