American Rivers releases plan in the wake of Hurricane Ike

Washington, DC –  With parts of Texas and the Midwest under water from the latest storms, today American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, released a plan,  “A 21st Century Approach to Flood Protection,” to overhaul the nation’s flood response and to help prevent future disasters.  “Our hearts go out to the families and… Read more »

EPA Kills Yazoo Pumps in Historic Victory for Environment and Taxpayer

Washington, DC –  In a sweeping victory for clean water, natural flood protection and taxpayers, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today killed the disastrous Yazoo Pumps project, which would have cost $220 million in federal tax dollars and drained up to 200,000 acres of the South’s most precious wetlands (an area equal to the size of… Read more »

Farmland Conservation Decision Boosts Natural Flood Protection

Washington, DC – American Rivers praised Secretary Ed Schafer and the U.S. Department of Agriculture today for continuing to protect sensitive lands under the Conservation Reserve Program, a decision that will benefit natural flood protection, help safeguard river communities, and ensure continued benefits for hunting and fishing. Following the devastating Midwest floods in June, American Rivers… Read more »

Flooding and Raw Sewage

We just released American Rivers eight point flood response agenda as recovery from the devastating midwest floods begins. As my colleague Will Hewes reports, sewage treatment is yet another flooding casualty: The flood waters that devastated the Midwest last month have receded, and the long process of recovery is underway. While the news headlines have… Read more »

American Rivers Proposes Agenda to Overhaul Nation’s Flood Response

American Rivers’ Eight Point Plan (PDF)  Washington, DC — As the Midwest continues to recover from June’s devastating floods, American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, today released a national agenda for responding to the floods in a manner that both helps today’s victims and prevents tomorrow’s. “This is the second “500-year flood” in… 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 »

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 »

EPA Takes Next Step to Veto Yazoo Pumps

Washington, DC — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken the next step towards killing the disastrous Yazoo Pumps project, which would use $220 million federal tax dollars to drain more than 300 square miles of wetlands in Mississippi; an area equal to the size of New York City, including all 5 boroughs. The EPA… Read more »

EPA Says No to the Yazoo Pumps

Washington, D.C. — For only the 12th time in its entire history, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun the veto process to kill an environmentally devastating project. For the past 67 years, the Army Corps of Engineers has been trying to convince America to waste more than 200 million dollars, to drain more than… Read more »

Congress Begins Process of Reforming the Corps

WASHINGTON, DC – The Senate today passed the conference report for the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2007. The conference report passed the House on August 1, 2007. The bill will now be sent to the President, who has threatened to veto the $21 billion dollar authorization bill. The legislation being sent to the… Read more »