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

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: Middle Mississippi River Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky Threat: Outdated flood management At risk: Habitat and public safety Middle Mississippi River, MO, IL, KY | © Ted Heisel The Mississippi River’s ability to spread out into its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

American Rivers Responds to Disastrous Midwest Floods

Washington, DC As flood waters continue to inundate Midwest communities, American Rivers today called on its activists and members across the country to support relief efforts. Rebecca Wodder, president of American Rivers, made the following statement: “The images and stories are simply devastating. Our hearts go out to the families and communities of the Upper… Read more »

Mississippi River named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC – As floodwaters swelled the Mississippi River to historic levels and overwhelmed communities in 10 states, American Rivers gave a ‘special mention’ to the river today in its list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2011.  American Rivers made the last minute addition to the list due to the unprecedented nature of the… Read more »

FRAC Act Re-introduced in Congress

The buzz over natural gas continued on Tuesday as the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act was re-introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.  “There is a growing discrepancy between the natural gas industry’s claim that nothing ever goes wrong and the drumbeat of investigations and personal tragedies which demonstrate a… Read more »