Mississippi River Mayors Advise Communities Affected By Sandy

St. Cloud, MN flooding in 2001 | Dave Swarz Over the weekend, Mayors from the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative penned some advice to local officials along the east coast who are struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. It was great to see these Mississippi River mayors reaching out to their peers on the… Read more »

New WRDA, Same Old Congress

The Big Sunflower River, MS would have been severely damaged by the Yazoo pumps project | © Louie Miller This week, the Senate is debating a bill called the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), S 601 [PDF], that will tell the Army Corps of Engineers what water infrastructure to build on our nation’s rivers and… Read more »

Lower San Joaquin River Flood Bypass

In order to meet the pressing need for expanded conveyance capacity on the lower San Joaquin River, and reduce the risks of catastrophically flooding thousands of residents in San Joaquin County’s urban communities, American Rivers is working with local project partners to propose a flood bypass on the Lower San Joaquin River. A Lower San… Read more »

New Green Infrastructure Plan

Trinity Church green roof in Milwaukee, WI | © Mike Jozwik Just recently, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s Commission approved a new Regional Green Infrastructure Plan for their service area. American Rivers played a role in helping the lead consultants CH2M HILL and CDM SMITH in some of the planning efforts. The plan calls for… Read more »

Announcing America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014!

#1 Most Endangered River is the San Joaquin, CA | © Sarah Craig The time has come! Today, American Rivers is announcing our report on America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014! And the Most Endangered River in the nation this year is: SAN JOAQUIN RIVER (California)! Outdated water management and excessive diversions, compounded by the… Read more »

Veto the New Madrid Floodway Project

The elusive least bittern breads in the marshes and wetlands of the Midwest, including the New Madrid Floodway, and is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act | Chris Young Today, American Rivers, as one of 90 organizations, sent a letter to President Obama asking for a Clean Water Act veto to protect the Middle… Read more »

New Federal Guidelines for Water Projects Give Overdue Recognition of Need for New Approach

Washington – American Rivers today welcomed the release of the Obama Administration’s updated federal guidelines for water infrastructure investments. Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, made the following statement: “The new guidelines are a long overdue recognition that the old ways of treating our nation’s rivers are insufficient for the demands of the 21st century.  The old… Read more »

American Rivers hosts 6th annual River Action Day on Capitol Hill

Washington, DC —  River advocates from 25 states will join American Rivers tomorrow on Capitol Hill to send a strong message to Congress about the importance of healthy rivers to communities, and the need to strengthen and pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act (HR 2454) sponsored by Congressmen Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ed… Read more »

Appeals court upholds veto of costly, damaging Yazoo Pumps project

Washington, DC – In a victory for clean water, flood protection and taxpayers, a federal appeals court yesterday upheld a 2008 veto by the Environmental Protection Agency of the Yazoo Pumps, a wetlands-destruction project in Mississippi. The Yazoo Pumps, first proposed by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1941, would have cost $220 million in federal… Read more »