River Champions – Reader Nominated

Brian Waldrop – Missouri Stream Team Brian Waldrop is the St. Louis and Southeast Regional Stream Team Assistant for the Missouri Stream Team program. Brian has been involved with the Stream Team program since the late 1990s. In this time, and in his position as coordinator for a large region of Missouri, his organizational efforts… Read more »

Lower Mississippi River Resource Assessment

Mississippi River at New Orleans | Olivia Dorothy Last month, the US Army Corps of Engineers released a draft report that evaluates community and ecosystem needs along the Lower Mississippi River (the river south of the Ohio River confluence) and is soliciting comments from the public until June 1. Billed as the first step towards… Read more »

A Win for the Mississippi River

After a devastating year for flooding on the Mississippi River, it’s good news to see a recent report by the “congressional watchdog” agency that makes long overdue recommendations on how the Corps of Engineers (the “Corps”) must follow current laws and protect the environment when it comes to building and maintaining structures that support navigation… Read more »

Iowa in the News – for Rivers, not Candidates

American Rivers listed the Iowa River on our America’s Most Endangered River list for 2007 (see video below). I was fortunate to be the river liaison for that river and had the chance to learn more about Iowa’s great rivers from our partners at the Iowa Environmental Council. The threat to the river was a… Read more »

Obama prioritizes rivers and blue trails in America’s Great Outdoors

You spoke, and the Obama Administration listened. This past spring, President Obama launched the America’s Great Outdoors initiative aimed at preserving our natural resources and promoting recreation, especially among youth. American Rivers rallied thousands of supporters like you nationwide to turn out across the country at official and homegrown listening sessions hosted by the administration. All… Read more »

The 2009 River Action Day was a Success!

Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in the 2009 River Action Day (RAD)!   For six years, since 2003, RAD has provided a unique opportunity for river advocates across the country to meet with members of Congress to discuss the issues important to their communities and local rivers.  The event began with a motivating speech… Read more »

America Runs on the Mississippi River

Enjoy a guest blog from our Communications intern, Johannes Driesbach. Map of the Mississippi River | USGS Throughout America’s history, rivers have been incredibly important to the individuals living here.  Whether it was the Native Americans, the early colonists, the explorers who traveled to the Pacific coast, or us today, everyone in the United States… Read more »

River Champions – Reader Nominated

Dugan Smith – National Park Service Dugan has put his heart and soul into being a steward for the Missouri River. He has led the Missouri River Cleanup for the past 10 years. He shows an extreme dedication to America’s rivers. Dugan has also been the lead person in setting up other cleanups up and… Read more »

Educating the Community through Rain Garden Signs

Alexander Okonta with his sign after the installation | Karen Okonta & Clay Symington An important aspect of implementing green infrastructure in a community is education. The community needs to understand what it is, why it’s important, and what they can do themselves on a small residential scale to contribute to making green infrastructure a… Read more »