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 »

American Rivers Announces a New Director of Flood Management Policy

Washington, DC — American Rivers announced today that it has hired a new Director of Flood Management Policy: Shana Udvardy. Udvardy will work with Members of Congress, relevant government agencies, and other decision-makers to advocate for 21st Century solutions to flood control to increase natural resilience against flood disasters.  The director will focus on the… Read more »

Proposed Canal on the Waccamaw Just Doesn’t Make Sense

Last week I attended a public meeting hosted by the Army Corp of Engineers where they discussed one of their recent reports concerning a possible canal on the Waccamaw River to reduce flooding.   The study concluded that the cost, both economic and environmental, would make such a canal unrealistic. Though I sympathize with the landowners… Read more »

American Rivers hosts 6th annual River Action Day on Capitol Hill

Washington, DC –  River advocates from 25 states will join American Rivers tomorrow on Capitol Hill to send a strong message to Congress about the importance of healthy rivers to communities, and the need to strengthen and pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act (HR 2454) sponsored by Congressmen Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ed… 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 »

Floodplain and Wetlands Restoration Projects

Coyote Creek, CaliforniaAfter major flooding in 1983, the Santa Clara Valley Water District sought approval for levee setbacks and bypass channels. The project was completed in 1995 and is credited for reducing flooding in 1997. According to the Santa Clara Valley Water District, flood waters would have been 40 percent faster and water volume would… Read more »

Successful Habitat Restoration Projects

Morgan Point Bendway Closure Structure, ArkansasThe $2.7 million project was designed to restore flows to the Morgan Point Bendway, which was cut off when the Wilbur D. Mills Dam was constructed. An overflow weir closure structure at the mouth of the bendway and a water supply pipeline from the dam was built. Additionally, some areas… Read more »