Today is a Day to Celebrate

Today is a day to celebrate. Simply put, Congress today passed the most comprehensive river protection and public lands bill in decades. The bill includes over 1,100 miles of 86 new Wild and Scenic Rivers in eight states and also designates over 2 million acres of new wilderness.  To give you a sense of scale,… Read more »

Niobrara River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2013: Niobrara River Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming At Risk: Property, crops, and public safety Threat: Sediment build-up and flooding Flooded Niobrara River, SD | State of South Dakota Ask the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect local communities from flooding and keep the Wild and Scenic Niobrara free flowing…. Read more »

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America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: Middle Mississippi River Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky Threat: Outdated flood management At risk: Habitat and public safety Middle Mississippi River, MO, IL, KY | © Ted Heisel The Mississippi River’s ability to spread out into its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 »