April Showers Bring May…

This post is part of a blog series for Getting Climate Smart, a joint effort by NRDC and American Rivers to guide state action on climate and water preparedness. Please join us for a one-hour webinar on May 14 at 3pm EDT, where we’ll provide highlights from our new guide, and state officials from California… Read more »

Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta

The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta once encompassed 350,000 acres of freshwater tidal wetlands and habitat for a host of native species, including millions of salmon.  Today, the Delta is a critical part of the water supply infrastructure for over 25 million Californians and a multi-billion dollar agricultural industry in the San Joaquin Valley. Destruction of… Read more »

Water Management in the Central Valley and Bay-Delta

Restoring the Central Valley and Bay-Delta Water management in California’s Central Valley and Bay Delta  has failed to keep up with changing economic, environmental, and social conditions.  Floodplains have been eliminated or severely damaged by levees and urban sprawl, and both human and natural communities have been cut off from their nearby rivers. A legacy… Read more »

American Rivers announces America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

www.AmericanRivers.org/MostEndangeredRivers www.AmericanRivers.org/SanJoaquin Washington, D.C. —  American Rivers today announced its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, naming California’s San Joaquin River the Most Endangered River in the country.  Outdated water management and excessive diversions, compounded by the current drought, have put the San Joaquin River at a breaking point. American Rivers is calling on… Read more »

New Update to Army Corps Project Selection Criteria

The new Interagency Guidelines will enable the Corps to consider projects that promote and protect natural ecosystem functions, like floodplains | Chris Young Yesterday was a big day for rivers.  On December 17, President Obama’s Council on Environmental Quality released the final Interagency Guidelines, the companion to the Principles and Requirements that were finalized in… Read more »

Groups Petition EPA to Protect Rivers, Coastal Areas From Polluted Runoff

WASHINGTON, DC — Conservation groups filed petitions today urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to exercise its authority to safeguard rivers, lakes, and streams from polluted runoff from existing commercial, industrial, and institutional sites that are currently failing to adequately control their pollution. Polluted runoff – rainwater that picks up oil, dirt and toxins while… 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 »

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 »