Preserving Urban Rivers in Detroit and Across the Great Lakes

This is a guest blog from American Rivers’ intern, Johannes Dreisbach. Detroit River | Mike Russell In the early 1900s, Detroit became one of the largest cities in the United States, and the Detroit River played a major role.  The river is 28 miles long and serves as the international border between Canada and the… Read more »

Egg Lake Dam Removal & First River Restoration Project

The Egg Lake Dam removal project is located in northern Minnesota on the Chippewa National Forest and the lands of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. The dam is located across the headwaters of the First River, which flows into Little Cut Foot Sioux Lake and on into Lake Winnibigoshish where it joins the Mississippi… Read more »

River Champions – Reader Nominated

Frank Schier and Greg Farnum – The Rock River Trail Initiative Frank Schier and Greg Farnham have been responsible for taking the concept of the Rock River Water Trail in Wisconsin and Illinois from an enduring vision of Frank’s to one of the best documented and planned water trails in the country. The water trail… Read more »

Hydropower solutions: Muskegon River

A great success story out of Michigan, where we worked with our partners to improve dam operations on the Muskegon River. Check our video feed for the other films in this success series about the Deschutes River and the Saluda River!

The Multiple Benefits of Floodplain Easements

Download the report This report provides a snapshot of a single round of successful and highly sought after Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) floodplain easements in the Upper Mississippi River Basin states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.  Floodplain easements are a cost-effective way to minimize flood impacts, reduce repeat damages and store floodwaters… Read more »

Weathering Change

Download the full report [PDF] Go to report website (includes individual chapter downloads) Bringing Federal Policy into the 21st Century Many federal policies still encourage the same backward-looking water management approaches that didn’t work in the past and are even less suited to the future. Federal funding and policies reward wasteful water use and support… Read more »

Low Impact Development Manual for the Lower Maumee and Ottawa River Watersheds

Read the full report (PDF) INTRODUCTION This manual is written to provide stormwater managers and site designers with a common understanding of Low Impact Development (LID) goals and objectives, site assessment considerations, and a toolbox of stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) applicable to the Lower Maumee and Ottawa River watersheds. BMP information includes design guidelines, specifications,… Read more »

Beyond Banning Dams: Wild and Scenic Designations

Read the full report (PDF) INTRODUCTION The movement to protect the nation’s remaining free-flowing rivers was born out of America’s “big dam” era from the 1930s to the 1960s. Concerned at the rapid pace of development of many of the country’s rivers for power, flood control, and irrigation, people across the United States acted to ensure… Read more »

Ecological Riverfront Design: Restoring Rivers, Connecting Communities

A report by Betsy Otto, Kathleen McCormick, and Michael Leccese American Planning Association (APA) holds the copyright for this report. Please do not copy or post the files provided here without permission from APA. To purchase the full report from the American Planning Association bookstore, click here.  (Note: All links below are in PDF format)… Read more »