Mussel sampling is a fun way to experience your river

I was fortunate to join a mussel sampling expedition on the Cedar River in Iowa a couple weeks ago. The Iowa DNR is updating their statewide inventory of mussels, so they are sampling many new areas as well as repeating visits to sites that were known to host mussel populations years ago. Biologists at the… Read more »

Restore the Yakima River and its salmon!

For nearly three years, I’ve been working with the Yakama Indian Nation and conservation partners at the National Wildlife Federation, The Wilderness Society, and Trout Unlimited (among others) to negotiate a package of habitat restoration and protection and water management measures to restore central Washington’s Yakima River and its salmon and steelhead in a way… Read more »

The Tale of Two Rivers (and one very large river basin): as the Mississippi River flooding lingers, communities along the Missouri River are witnessing unprecedented flooding

As communities begin to recover from flooding along the Mississippi River, communities along the Missouri River [PDF] from the Dakotas to Iowa to Nebraska to Missouri are bracing for unprecedented flooding. The flooding is unprecedented due to record levels of snowfall (see NY Times image below) in the Rocky Mountains, snow that is late to… Read more »

Hurricane Sandy update from Darby Creek, Pennsylvania

Some American Rivers staff were in the field earlier today, checking out a dam removal project site on Darby Creek, near Philadelphia, PA. Here are two videos from the site, amidst the early winds and rain from advancing Hurricane Sandy. American Rivers is working to remove four barriers in the creek and promote green infrastructure… Read more »

Don’t Damage the Wild and Scenic Merced River

Today’s guest blog about the “Special Mention” Merced River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Dr. Michael Martin and Dr. Ralph Mendershausen. Dr. Michael Martin, a resident of Mariposa County, is a retired California Department of Fish and Wildlife toxicologist, an adjunct professor at City University in Hong Kong, and… Read more »

Central Valley Flood Management

Many communities in California’s Central Valley face a greater risk of flooding than almost anywhere in the nation.  Larger storms, urbanization, and catastrophic levee failures threaten thousands of lives, water supply for 25 million people, a unique ecosystem, and an agricultural economy critical to the state. By actively working with local, regional, and state agencies… Read more »

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 »