Mississippi Flood update: Morganza Spillway opening imminent

Enlarge map The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is poised to open the fourth and final major floodway on the Mississippi River to ease pressure on levees and save populated areas from record-breaking floods. To begin relieving the flooding, the Bonnet Carré Spillway was opened on May 9th. But the opening of the Bonnet Carré… Read more »

Proposed Canal on the Waccamaw Just Doesn’t Make Sense

Last week I attended a public meeting hosted by the Army Corp of Engineers where they discussed one of their recent reports concerning a possible canal on the Waccamaw River to reduce flooding.   The study concluded that the cost, both economic and environmental, would make such a canal unrealistic. Though I sympathize with the landowners… Read more »

Small grant programs mean a lot to local communities

With the state of the economy leading every newscast and talk of a “super committee” in Congress that will slash federal spending, it is to lose sight of all of the good things happening around us and positive impact many state and federal programs still have on local communities. Earlier this summer we announced, along… Read more »

World Wetland Day – Love your Carolina Bay!

In honor of World Wetland Day, I’d like to highlight one underappreciated wetland type which happens to be a personal favorite of mine.  Being a southern salamander lover, Carolina Bays have always been a fascination. Fed largely by rain and shallow groundwater, Carolina Bays [PDF] are elliptical shaped isolated wetlands found primarily in Georgia and the… Read more »

River Restoration In Oakley, CA Engages Community

Click to enlargeThe restoration of Marsh Creek | Jason Kabalin, Rich Walkling, Sarah Puckett Like too many creeks across the country, Marsh Creek was “improved” by the Soil Conservation Service in the early 1960’s. Until recently, the lower six miles was a treeless, trapezoidal flood control channel fenced off from surrounding properties. American Rivers’ partners,… Read more »

Niobrara River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2013: Niobrara River Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming At Risk: Property, crops, and public safety Threat: Sediment build-up and flooding Flooded Niobrara River, SD | State of South Dakota Ask the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect local communities from flooding and keep the Wild and Scenic Niobrara free flowing…. Read more »

Pauley Creek Meadows Restoration

If you spend time hiking in the forests of the Sierra Nevada, there’s a good chance that you will find your way to a mountain meadow. The total area of these meadows occupies only a fraction of the forest landscape, but their beauty makes them favorite destinations. One need only step from dense conifers or… Read more »

Monitoring riparian recovery along Darby Creek, Pennsylvania

Riparian vegetation along Darby Creek helps stabilize banks and reduce erosion | © Laura Craig This fall, I’ve been monitoring the recovery of the riparian community along the Darby Creek in urban, southeastern Pennsylvania. It is the end of the first full growing season following three dam removals in late 2012 and early 2013. While… Read more »

USDA Prioritizes Private Lands and Watershed Scale Conservation in Key River Basins

Washington – American Rivers today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for taking an important step towards restoring rivers and ensuring clean water supplies, while protecting the nation’s working farms and rural economies. NRCS announced its Regional Conservation Partnership Program, a new 2014 Farm Bill conservation program that will invest $1.2… Read more »

New Madrid Levee Project Criticized by Peers

Mallard Jump | Chris Young Since the 1950s, the US Army Corps of Engineers has been trying to build a levee near New Madrid, MO to halt seasonal backwater flooding and promote agriculture production within the lower portion of the New Madrid Floodway. The levee would prevent the Mississippi River from reaching 75,000 acres of… Read more »