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 »

Register for National River Cleanup 2011!

River cleanup season is here! Have you considered organizing a cleanup on your local river? Registration is now open for the 2011 season. Help us celebrate the 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup™ by registering today. American Rivers’ National River Cleanup™ connects people across the country to their local rivers ands streams though hands-on volunteerism. In… Read more »

The Tale of Two Rivers (and one very large river basin): as the Mississippi River flooding lingers, communities along the Missouri River are witnessing unprecedented flooding

As communities begin to recover from flooding along the Mississippi River, communities along the Missouri River [PDF] from the Dakotas to Iowa to Nebraska to Missouri are bracing for unprecedented flooding. The flooding is unprecedented due to record levels of snowfall (see NY Times image below) in the Rocky Mountains, snow that is late to… Read more »

Don’t Suck the Plover Dry

Today’s guest blog about the #4 Little Plover River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Barbara Gifford, a long-term local resident living near the river, and a member of Friends of the Little Plover River. Take Action to Protect theLittle Plover River Tell Wisconsin Governor to limit pumping and protect… Read more »

Floodplain and Wetlands Restoration Projects

Coyote Creek, CaliforniaAfter major flooding in 1983, the Santa Clara Valley Water District sought approval for levee setbacks and bypass channels. The project was completed in 1995 and is credited for reducing flooding in 1997. According to the Santa Clara Valley Water District, flood waters would have been 40 percent faster and water volume would… Read more »

Map of US Dam Removals 1936-2014

Few things have such a fundamental impact on a river as a dam. Dams block a river’s flow and can harm clean water, fish and wildlife, and recreation opportunities. American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams. We have been creating a running inventory of all dam removal projects we… Read more »

Little Plover River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named  Wisconsin’s Little Plover River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013 today, shining a national spotlight on excessive groundwater withdrawals by irrigation, municipalities, and industrial wells that threaten river health, wildlife, and fishing. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers that are facing… Read more »

58 Dams to be Removed in 2009

Washington, D.C. — American Rivers today released its annual list of 58 dams in 16 states that have been removed or are slated for removal in 2009. Thanks to the removal of these outdated dams, communities across the country have the opportunity to enjoy better water quality, improved public safety and flood protection, and more… Read more »

American Rivers names Soldier’s Grove one of nation’s top ‘water wise’ communities

Washington, DC — American Rivers today named Soldier’s Grove, Wisconsin as one of the nation’s top “water wise” communities protecting clean water and public health with innovative green solutions. The town was chosen for its cost-effective natural flood protection measures. The report, “Natural Security: how sustainable water strategies are preparing communities for a changing climate,” comes… Read more »

FRAC Act Re-introduced in Congress

The buzz over natural gas continued on Tuesday as the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act was re-introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.  “There is a growing discrepancy between the natural gas industry’s claim that nothing ever goes wrong and the drumbeat of investigations and personal tragedies which demonstrate a… Read more »