Record Midwest Floods Threaten Communities with ‘Walls of Water’

Roughly a quarter of the 40,000 residents evacuated Minot, North Dakota’s fourth largest city due to record flooding on the Souris River. The Souris River flows into Canada and is overtopping its levees due to heavy rainfall and releases from Canadian dams. The flooding on the Souris breaks the 1881 record and the river is… Read more »

The Ten Most Endangered Rivers of 2010 – Plus 22 Success Stories!

There are tens of thousands of rivers and streams across our country, and each year only ten make it on to the America’s Most Endangered Rivers list. For 25 years America’s Most Endangered Rivers has been our most highly anticipated report. The 2010 list, released today, spotlights rivers facing a multitude of threats from New… Read more »

Boundary Waters

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2013: Boundary Waters Minnesota At Risk: Recreation economy, drinking water, and wilderness Threat: Copper and nickel mining Boundary Waters, MN | © River Point Resort & Outfitting Company Urge President Obama, Congress, and Minnesota’s Governor Dayton to protect the Boundary Waters and oppose the massive Twin Metals Minnesota Mine. The 1.1… Read more »

When Will We Stop Taking Water for Granted?

Attempting to contain an oil spill in a river Clean water is something we all tend to take for granted. Whether it is the tap water from our sink or the river we like to canoe in, we expect it to be clean. But as several recent pollution spills have exemplified, we can’t take our… Read more »

Introducing the Wild Mississippi River

Credit: USAF When you think of the Mississippi River, what do you think of? Do you think of mile long bridges over a glassy surface? Do you think of deep water teaming with giant catfish? Do you think of levee breaches and houses on stilts? Do you think of big barges and Huckleberry Finn? There… Read more »

New Report Helps Citizens Fight Stormwater Pollution in Their Communities

Read the report  Washington, DC — Stormwater that dirty, oily runoff from streets and parking lots that contaminates local streams is a leading cause of water pollution in Ohio and around the country. Today, American Rivers and Midwest Environmental Advocates released a new report, “Local Water Policy Innovation:  A Road Map for Community Based Stormwater Solutions”… Read more »

Kansas River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, D.C. – American Rivers named the Kansas River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® today, shining a national spotlight on the threat that sand and gravel dredging poses to clean water.  “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers that are facing a critical tipping point,” said Fay Augustyn… Read more »

Flooding and Raw Sewage

We just released American Rivers eight point flood response agenda as recovery from the devastating midwest floods begins. As my colleague Will Hewes reports, sewage treatment is yet another flooding casualty: The flood waters that devastated the Midwest last month have receded, and the long process of recovery is underway. While the news headlines have… Read more »

Levee Breach Shows Importance of Natural Floodplains for Public Safety

On Monday, the US Army Corps of Engineers made the difficult decision to intentionally breach a levee on the middle Mississippi River. Dynamiting the Birds’ Point Levee routed floodwaters into 130,000 acres of agricultural land on the New Madrid Floodway in nearby Missouri and away from the 2,800 residents of Cairo, Illinois. Yesterday’s event activated… Read more »

Register for National River Cleanup 2011!

River cleanup season is here! Have you considered organizing a cleanup on your local river? Registration is now open for the 2011 season. Help us celebrate the 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup™ by registering today. American Rivers’ National River Cleanup™ connects people across the country to their local rivers ands streams though hands-on volunteerism. In… Read more »