American Rivers releases report on 21st century flood protection solutions

Washington, DC – As heavy rains swell rivers across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, American Rivers today released a report stressing the urgent need for flood protection solutions that safeguard communities and save taxpayer dollars. The report, “Natural Defenses: Safeguarding Communities from Floods,” calls on Congress and the Obama Administration to prioritize river restoration and protection and… Read more »

One year later, Ohio’s clean water benefits from stimulus spending

Washington, DC – Communities across Ohio are reaping the benefits of federal economic stimulus funds, one year after President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. American Rivers helped secure the $6 billion for clean water and drinking water, including $1.2 billion in specific funding for green infrastructure and water efficiency. American… Read more »

Greening Milwaukee

I’ve spent the past two days at a Freshwater Forum convened by The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, on the western shore of Lake Michigan outside Racine, Wisconsin. Wingspread is the home designed for the Johnson family in the 1930’s by Frank Lloyd Wright. It provides an inspiring setting for this meeting of leaders from conservation,… Read more »

National River Cleanup® Year in Review: 5 Ws of 2011

Last year American Rivers celebrated the 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup.  The 5 Ws below highlight the remarkable achievements of 2011:   Who: 85,000 cleanup organizers, volunteers, employees, students and fellow river-lovers all over the country teamed up to restore waterways. What: Collected over 3 million pounds of trash from 37,500 river miles.  That is… Read more »

Tell Congress Missouri River Restoration = Flood Protection

Take Action to Protect theMissouri River   Tell Congress to support restoration and long-term planning on the Missouri River! The nation’s longest river, the Missouri River, is back on the America’s Most Endangered Rivers list at #4 [PDF] this year. We need your help to keep the Missouri River on the road to recovery and… Read more »

What’s Happening on the Kansas River?

It has been a busy summer for the 2012 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®!  One of our partners fighting for the Kansas River (#10 on this year’s list) sent us an update (below).  Thank you, Laura Calwell, who is the Kansas Riverkeeper for Friends of the Kaw! Take Action to Protect theKansas River Help… Read more »

Moving Out of Harm’s Way

Arnold, MissouriResidents of Arnold, Missouri located south of Saint Louis, near the confluence received $2 million in disaster relief following the Great Flood of 1993. After that flood the town implemented a voluntary relocation plan that reduced federal assistance to less than $40,000 when floodwaters returned in 1995. Cedar Falls, IowaAfter floods caused six federally-declared… Read more »

Flood Risk Rising on the Mississippi River?

Chevron on the Mississippi River | © Olivia Dorothy The Mississippi River is perhaps the U.S’s most visible and enduring example of an altered river. Where the Upper Mississippi River was once free flowing with islands, backwaters, and wide floodplains to support diverse fish and wildlife, it is now a series of pools, created by… Read more »

St Louis River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2015 8. St Louis River Location: Minnesota The St. Louis River is threatened by new copper-nickel sulfide mining in its headwaters that would destroy or degrade thousands of square miles of pristine forested wetlands and streams. Credit: Lori Andresen Minnesota’s Arrowhead region is known for its pure and abundant waters,… Read more »

American Rivers Kicks Off 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup(TM)

Washington, DC — American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for healthy rivers and clean water, today announced the kickoff of National River Cleanup™, now in its 20th year. The program, which mobilizes hundreds of thousands of volunteers to pick up trash from rivers nationwide, is poised for its most successful year to date. Millions of… Read more »