Middle Mississippi River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: Middle Mississippi River Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky Threat: Outdated flood management At risk: Habitat and public safety Middle Mississippi River, MO, IL, KY | © Ted Heisel The Mississippi River’s ability to spread out into its floodplain is important for fish and wildlife and for protecting downstream communities from floodwaters…. Read more »

Farmland Conservation Decision Boosts Natural Flood Protection

Washington, DC — American Rivers praised Secretary Ed Schafer and the U.S. Department of Agriculture today for continuing to protect sensitive lands under the Conservation Reserve Program, a decision that will benefit natural flood protection, help safeguard river communities, and ensure continued benefits for hunting and fishing. Following the devastating Midwest floods in June, American Rivers… Read more »

American Rivers Names America’s Most Endangered Rivers(TM) of 2011

Washington, DC – With floodwaters swelling the Mississippi River to historic levels and rivers nationwide at risk from gas drilling, sewage pollution, and other threats, American Rivers today released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. For the second year in a row, the most endangered river in the United States is a victim… Read more »

Floodplain Easements are a Wise Investment & Bring Multiple Benefits

After 10 years of cuts to agricultural conservation programs, no one is doing more with less than the NRCS. Effective flood management requires us to use a host of tools and techniques, from improved stormwater management to floodplain ordinances that keep us from building in flood-prone places (a bad habit we’ve continued since the Great… Read more »

Making The Right Decision For The Kansas River

Today’s guest blog for our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series is from Dr. Melinda Daniels, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Kansas State University: Take Action to Protect theKansas River Help us today to tell the Corps to end dredging on the Kaw by 2017! Most Endangered.  What this means is that the… Read more »

Rivers Aren’t a Problem to be Solved

[Part 2 of a series on the floods in the Midwest – read part 1 here] Throughout much of American history, rivers have been treated as problems that must be “solved” through large scale and expensive engineering projects. The result? Rivers have been clogged with dams, straightened, channelized, and cut off from their floodplains by… Read more »

Wapsie River Trail Dedication

INDEPENDENCE (Thursday, June 11, 2009): Several organizations and officials came together Saturday at Bathing Beach to dedicate the Buchanan County Wapsipinicon River Water Trail in Iowa. “It took many types of people to get this accomplished,” said Dan Cohen, Director of the Buchanan County Conservation Board. The river is now marked for hazards and at… Read more »

Midwest Region

Midwest Region Great Blue Heron, Cuyahoga River, OH | Jim Schmidt, National Park Service The Midwest is defined by its rivers, and for decades American Rivers has a played a lead role in advocating for improved river, dam, and flood management in the region. We led a multi-year fight to reform federal dam operations on… Read more »

Middle Mississippi River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

www.americanrivers.org/Mississippi Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named the Middle Mississippi River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014 today, shining a national spotlight on the threat a new levee at the New Madrid Floodway poses to wildlife habitat and downstream flood safety. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers… Read more »