Levee Breach Shows Importance of Natural Floodplains for Public Safety

On Monday, the US Army Corps of Engineers made the difficult decision to intentionally breach a levee on the middle Mississippi River. Dynamiting the Birds’ Point Levee routed floodwaters into 130,000 acres of agricultural land on the New Madrid Floodway in nearby Missouri and away from the 2,800 residents of Cairo, Illinois. Yesterday’s event activated… Read more »

River Cleanup Showdown!

American Rivers has seen nothing like this in the history of National River Cleanup™ and that’s 20 years of cleaning up!). Two large cities, Los Angeles and Chicago, are competing to see how many Facebook fans they can gain prior to the two cities largest cleanup events. Both cleanups, the 22nd annual Great Los Angeles… Read more »

The Ten Most Endangered Rivers of 2010 – Plus 22 Success Stories!

There are tens of thousands of rivers and streams across our country, and each year only ten make it on to the America’s Most Endangered Rivers list. For 25 years America’s Most Endangered Rivers has been our most highly anticipated report. The 2010 list, released today, spotlights rivers facing a multitude of threats from New… Read more »

Colorado River Study: Will There Be Enough Water To Support The Demand?

Colorado River Delta | Peter McBride Will there be enough? “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.“ – W.H. Auden Yesterday, The Bureau of Reclamation issued its Final Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study. Authorized by Congress through the Secure Water Act of 2009 and jointly funded and prepared by the… Read more »

Mattole River, CA

Throughout the Mattole River watershed, poorly designed and installed culverts are being systematically evaluated and replaced to improve fish passage and stabilize sediment that may wash into spawning gravels. Because the Mattole River watershed is subject to extreme storm events and flooding, bridges, followed closely by open bottom culverts, are often the best option for… Read more »

Bear Valley Meadow Restoration Project

American Rivers is leading efforts to restore 280 acres of wetland meadow habitat in the northern Sierra Nevada. This innovative project will provide the first model of how to restore both cultural and ecological integrity to Sierra Nevada meadows while simultaneously integrating climate change predictions into the restoration design process. Situated between the bustling Sacramento… Read more »

Living with Water: At Home with Wood Ducks

Every morning I look out my window to see the wood ducks are going to visit my local pond that day | © Keri Rinne I never imagined that a pond and a pair of ducks in a small California town called Rough and Ready would make me feel so at home. I’ve always wanted… Read more »

San Joaquin River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: San Joaquin River California Threat: Outdated water management and excessive diversions At risk: River health and resilient communities San Joaquin, CA | © Alison Jones, nowater-nolife.org The San Joaquin is Central California’s largest river, supporting endangered fish and wildlife, communities, and one of the most productive agricultural regions in… Read more »