Midwest’s Rivers and Communities to Benefit from New American Rivers Office

La Crosse, WI – American Rivers announced today that it has opened an office in La Crosse to promote river restoration in the Midwest. The nation’s leading river conservation organization will focus on river restoration through dam removal in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa to help communities realize the clean water, public safety, wildlife, and other… Read more »

Green Infrastructure to Alleviate Flooding

American Rivers recently completed retrofitting over 12 acres of impervious surface in the Wilson Park Creek Subwatershed. One of the projects was a 4,987 square foot roof at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee’s building at 4707 S. 13th St. which houses a school that serves grades 6th-12th. The gymnasium roof is overlooked by over 13… Read more »

Mussel sampling is a fun way to experience your river

I was fortunate to join a mussel sampling expedition on the Cedar River in Iowa a couple weeks ago. The Iowa DNR is updating their statewide inventory of mussels, so they are sampling many new areas as well as repeating visits to sites that were known to host mussel populations years ago. Biologists at the… Read more »

Supporting Agricultural Conservation Programs

The intensification of farming has artificially drained and compacted the land increasing flooding throughout the nation.  In fact, runoff from farms is the leading source of impairments to surveyed rivers and lakes and is a major contributor to the Gulf of Mexico hypoxia problem. Although these challenges are real, the conservation programs under NRCS continue… Read more »

What’s Happening on the Kansas River?

It has been a busy summer for the 2012 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®!  One of our partners fighting for the Kansas River (#10 on this year’s list) sent us an update (below).  Thank you, Laura Calwell, who is the Kansas Riverkeeper for Friends of the Kaw! Take Action to Protect theKansas River Help… Read more »

Floodplain and Wetlands Restoration Projects

Coyote Creek, CaliforniaAfter major flooding in 1983, the Santa Clara Valley Water District sought approval for levee setbacks and bypass channels. The project was completed in 1995 and is credited for reducing flooding in 1997. According to the Santa Clara Valley Water District, flood waters would have been 40 percent faster and water volume would… Read more »

A Special Connection to the Ozarks

Today’s guest blog is from John Whitaker, a long-time supporter of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. The Ozark Riverways were listed as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2011, and a big decision is about to be made by the National Park Service (NPS) regarding the management of this special place. The Ozark Riverways need… Read more »

New Madrid Levee Project Criticized by Peers

Mallard Jump | Chris Young Since the 1950s, the US Army Corps of Engineers has been trying to build a levee near New Madrid, MO to halt seasonal backwater flooding and promote agriculture production within the lower portion of the New Madrid Floodway. The levee would prevent the Mississippi River from reaching 75,000 acres of… Read more »

Corps Should Abandon New Madrid Floodway Project

The Mississippi River’s ability to spread out into its floodplain is important for fish and wildlife and for protecting downstream communities from floodwaters. Unfortunately, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to cut off the Mississippi River from one of its last floodplain connections by constructing a new levee at the bottom of the… Read more »

American Rivers releases report on 21st century flood protection solutions

Washington, DC – As heavy rains swell rivers across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, American Rivers today released a report stressing the urgent need for flood protection solutions that safeguard communities and save taxpayer dollars. The report, “Natural Defenses: Safeguarding Communities from Floods,” calls on Congress and the Obama Administration to prioritize river restoration and protection and… Read more »