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Tell The U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers To Abandon The New Madrid Levee

Tell the Corps. and EPA to abandon the New Madrid Levee project | © IL Emergency Management Agency In 2011, as the Mississippi River crept closer to overtopping levees and flooding communities like Cairo, IL, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dramatically blew up the Bird’s Point levee at the top of the New Madrid… Read more »

Congress Begins Process of Reforming the Corps

WASHINGTON, DC – The Senate today passed the conference report for the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2007. The conference report passed the House on August 1, 2007. The bill will now be sent to the President, who has threatened to veto the $21 billion dollar authorization bill. The legislation being sent to the… Read more »

Ozarks Riverways among Nation’s Most Endangered Rivers

Missouri — The clean water and unique recreation experiences prized by paddlers and anglers on the Ozark National Scenic Riverways is being destroyed by pollution, erosion, and poor management.  This threat landed the Ozark Riverways on the annual list America’s Most Endangered Rivers™  – a report issued by the conservation group American Rivers.  Beloved for… Read more »

Giving Back to the Mighty Mississippi

“The face of the river, in time, became a wonderful book … which told its mind to me without reserve, delivering its most cherished secrets as clearly as if it had uttered them with a voice. And it was not a book to be read once and thrown aside, for it had a new story… Read more »

Mississippi Flood update: Morganza Spillway opening imminent

Enlarge map The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is poised to open the fourth and final major floodway on the Mississippi River to ease pressure on levees and save populated areas from record-breaking floods. To begin relieving the flooding, the Bonnet Carré Spillway was opened on May 9th. But the opening of the Bonnet Carré… Read more »

Senator Hogg Continues Leadership on Flood Management Effort in Iowa

In an e-mail to his constituents yesterday, Iowa State Senator Rob Hogg demonstrated his solid leadership and vision on flood management.  Hogg described a recent tour of five Iowan counties with the sole purpose of learning more about “the potential for watershed management to reduce future flood damage in Cedar Rapids.” Senator Hogg has frequently demonstrated… Read more »

What’s the biggest flood in history? The one that floods you.

I started writing this blog with the intention of talking about the biggest floods in United States history. But it quickly became a harder task when I tried to figure out how to measure the “biggest” flood. Is it by the amount of water? The most land covered? The most lives lost? The most property destroyed?… Read more »

Local Projects

Midwest Projects American Rivers has a played a lead role in advocating for improved river, dam, and flood management in the region.

VIDEO: Improving hydropower dams benefits rivers

Dams hurt rivers. They block a river’s flow and harm water quality, fish and wildlife, and recreational opportunities. In some cases where a dam is outdated, unsafe, or has outlived its usefulness, American Rivers advocates for dam removal. But in many cases, keeping a working hydropower dam in place makes sense. And with some upgrades… Read more »