Flood Risk Rising on the Mississippi River?

Chevron on the Mississippi River | © Olivia Dorothy The Mississippi River is perhaps the U.S’s most visible and enduring example of an altered river. Where the Upper Mississippi River was once free flowing with islands, backwaters, and wide floodplains to support diverse fish and wildlife, it is now a series of pools, created by… Read more »

Protecting Streams from Coal Mining

The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s proposed rule, the Stream Protection Rule, will help to protect waterways from the adverse impacts of coal mining.

Americans for Smart Natural Catastrophe Policy

 (Washington, DC) – The Sierra Club, American Rivers and Taxpayers for Common Sense, all members of the Americans for Smart Natural Catastrophe Policy, today opposed legislation introduced this year by Representative Gene Taylor (D-Miss) which would add wind insurance coverage to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). According to these groups, the Taylor bill (H.R…. Read more »

USGS News – NOAA, USACE, and USGS Partner to Support Water Resources Management

American Rivers applauds the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that forms a partnership to ensure that their agencies are working collaboratively on integrated and adaptive water resources management. This is an excellent demonstration of efficient and… Read more »

A Win for the Mississippi River

After a devastating year for flooding on the Mississippi River, it’s good news to see a recent report by the “congressional watchdog” agency that makes long overdue recommendations on how the Corps of Engineers (the “Corps”) must follow current laws and protect the environment when it comes to building and maintaining structures that support navigation… Read more »

Flood Insurance Reform Postponed Until Next Year

The National Flood Insurance Program was established to help communities reduce their vulnerability to flood damage, but in some cases has only made flooding worse. Congress needs to make important reforms to the Program to make it a better tool for communities to protect themselves. The Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act passed both houses… Read more »

How We Manage and Recover from Flooding

Photo: USDA NRCS We are always interested in seeing stories about how local communities are recovering from floods. The first farmer featured in the video link below describes how his Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program helped him recover from flooding this September in New York.  I have participated in CSA programs in the past and… Read more »

National Flood Awareness Week — An Opportunity to Communicate Flood Risk

This week is National Flood Awareness Week, so when I heard that NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams would be broadcasting a “Fleecing of America” story on FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Policy (NFIP), I eagerly tuned in. I was hoping to finally see the mainstream media dive into the complex issue of flood insurance. Perhaps… Read more »

Restoring a brook that sustained the Pilgrims

While nearly everyone who grew up in the United States knows the story of the Mayflower and the Pilgrims coming to Plymouth, Massachusetts, not everyone knows why they landed where they did. A big part of that decision was a spring-fed stream that they called Town Brook. Town Brook was a source of fresh water… Read more »