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 »

A Bear of a Trip in the Golden Trout Wilderness

The small and beautiful California golden trout is a lot of fun for catch and release fly fishing | © Jacob Dyste The California golden trout is a distinctively beautiful fish that is native only in two small watersheds in the southern Sierra Nevada. Golden trout evolved out of isolation in a distinctive part of… Read more »

Middle Mississippi River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

www.americanrivers.org/Mississippi Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named the Middle Mississippi River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014 today, shining a national spotlight on the threat a new levee at the New Madrid Floodway poses to wildlife habitat and downstream flood safety. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers… Read more »

Planning for growth – respect or diminish Colorado’s rivers?

Upper Colorado | Ken Neubecker Governor Hickenlooper recently received the initial draft of the Colorado Water Plan.  This “plan” has been in the making since the drought year of 2002, and it’s not over yet.  Work on the Plan, including public input, will continue through the coming year, with the Final version due to the… Read more »

A Story From the South Carolina Flooding

Predictions of more frequent and more extreme storms are no longer a theoretical debate for climate scientists: we are living it. Here’s one personal account of Hurricane Joaquin.

Niobrara River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named the Niobrara River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013 today, shining a national spotlight on dam-related sediment buildup and flooding that threaten communities, recreation, and critical wildlife habitat. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers that are facing a critical tipping point,”… Read more »