Report: Green infrastructure saves money

Read the report at www.americanrivers.org/goinggreen Washington, DC – Communities looking for the most cost-effective options for managing polluted runoff and protecting clean water should choose green infrastructure solutions, according to a report released today by American Rivers, the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and ECONorthwest. The report, Banking on Green:… Read more »

Better stream crossings make for safer roads during storms

Here in the Northeast we saw a lot of damage to roads and streams from Hurricane Irene in Vermont, Massachusetts and New York. In many places, road-stream crossings such as bridges and culverts were over topped and washed out, leaving large gaps in our road maps, some of which are still being repaired months later…. Read more »

Floodplain Easements are a Wise Investment & Bring Multiple Benefits

After 10 years of cuts to agricultural conservation programs, no one is doing more with less than the NRCS. Effective flood management requires us to use a host of tools and techniques, from improved stormwater management to floodplain ordinances that keep us from building in flood-prone places (a bad habit we’ve continued since the Great… Read more »

Lessons From The Midwest Floods

This post by American Rivers President Rebecca Wodder originally appeared on Treehugger.com: Disastrous floods. We experienced them back in December in the Pacific Northwest. Now, more recently, devastating floodwaters submerged parts of the Midwest. We know that these kinds of rain storms and flooding will become more frequent and severe with global warming. How can… Read more »

Peddling Inspiration

Working at American Rivers often means being an advocate for change. For many communities choosing to remove a dam and restore their local river can be a confusing endeavor. The idea of altering the only landscape many have ever known brings uncertainty and doubt. This is why part of my job is to be a… Read more »

Rivers Aren’t a Problem to be Solved

[Part 2 of a series on the floods in the Midwest – read part 1 here] Throughout much of American history, rivers have been treated as problems that must be “solved” through large scale and expensive engineering projects. The result? Rivers have been clogged with dams, straightened, channelized, and cut off from their floodplains by… Read more »

Wake Up!

In the last month there has been an outcry by members of Congress, states and the insurance industry [subscription required] to wake up and begin preparing for more large scale and extreme weather events. Illinois Senator Dick Durban commented early last week that it’s time we acknowledge the obvious fact that our climate is changing,… Read more »

Continuing on the Path to Climate Resiliency

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Like much of the eastern seaboard, Maryland was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. Significant coastal flooding, power outages and snowfall were many of the woes faced by Marylanders. Communities along the coast experienced significant flooding; many homes and businesses were seriously impacted. In fact, Maryland has seen more than one… Read more »

What Happened with WRDA

Water Resources Development Act passed this week by an overwhelming margin. Luckily, there are some points that will benefit rivers and public safety. The Senate wrapped up debate on S. 601, the Water Resources Development Act this week and passed the bill by an overwhelming margin of 83-14. As I mentioned previously, the Senate bill… 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 »