Climate change causing many rivers worldwide to shrink

(Washington, DC) Many of the world’s rivers are losing water and in many cases, climate change is to blame, according to the findings of a new global study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The results, to be published May 15 in the American Meteorological Society’s Journal of Climate, also reveal that future food… Read more »

Cedar River Named One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2010

Washington, DC — Flood risk along Iowa’s Cedar River is growing, and outdated flood management is putting public safety and the river’s health at risk. This threat landed the Cedar in the number five spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers™: 2010 edition, produced by American Rivers. “Unless decision makers and communities along the Cedar River… Read more »

Missouri River flooding: myths and facts

Missouri River flooding: myths and facts Last Wednesday’s Congressional hearing on the Missouri River Flood of 2011 was a reminder that, in addition to needing to end the blame game, we still have a lot of work to do to move beyond the myths surrounding flood management. The top four myths we heard at the… Read more »

Smarter flood protection solutions for the 21st century

The weathermen on the local TV news call it “wacky weather” – those freak storms and floods that seem to be getting more frequent and more severe every year. But usually lost in the news coverage is why flooding and flood damage is getting worse. The fact is, despite continued investment in structures like dams,… Read more »

Mississippi River Mayors for Clean Water

Mississippi River in St. Louis, MO | American Rivers I can remember visiting my grandmother in Memphis and going to Mud Island on the Mississippi River to wade through the concrete, scaled model of the Mississippi River Basin, seeing how all of the different tributaries and states connected. An impressive model given that the river… Read more »

2012 Dams Removed

See the 2013 List. Download a comprehensive list of dams removed 1998-2012 [PDF] Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 62 dams in 2012, American Rivers announced today. Outdated or unsafe dams came out of rivers in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota,… Read more »

How Creatively Can You Interpret Water Quality Data?

Check out the this fun animated video about Portage River water quality testing put together by the students at Eastwood Middle School. Eastwood Middle School students put their creative thinking caps on when they put together a five minute video using GoAnimate to explain their October water quality testing results for the Portage River in… Read more »

Big Rivers Need Big Wetlands

This rare Illinois chorus frog is a candidate for the federal Threatened and Endangered Species list. Once common in southeastern Missouri, the New Madrid Floodway provides critical habitat for the reclusive frog. Photo: Chris Young. This year, the middle Mississippi River made the 2014 America’s Most Endangered Rivers® list due to a proposed project by… 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 »