Educating the Community through Rain Garden Signs

Alexander Okonta with his sign after the installation | Karen Okonta & Clay Symington An important aspect of implementing green infrastructure in a community is education. The community needs to understand what it is, why it’s important, and what they can do themselves on a small residential scale to contribute to making green infrastructure a… Read more »

Niobrara River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named the Niobrara River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013 today, shining a national spotlight on dam-related sediment buildup and flooding that threaten communities, recreation, and critical wildlife habitat. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers that are facing a critical tipping point,”… Read more »

House greenlights massive bridge over Wild and Scenic St. Croix River

Washington, DC – In a blow to fiscal responsibility and river protections that Americans hold dear, the House of Representatives today voted to allow the construction of a $700 million mega-bridge over the Wild and Scenic St. Croix River. The bill had already passed the Senate. American Rivers and its partners have been fighting the… Read more »

Don’t Let Lake Delhi Destroy the Maquoketa River

I would like to respond to the Gazette’s recent article about the fate of Lake Delhi (“Lake Delhi debate comes down to environmental vs. residents’ interests”). I agree with the concerns raised by the DNR and other conservation groups, but I believe the fundamental issue around Lake Delhi stems from a failure to appreciate the… Read more »

Lessons From The Midwest Floods

This post by American Rivers President Rebecca Wodder originally appeared on Disastrous floods. We experienced them back in December in the Pacific Northwest. Now, more recently, devastating floodwaters submerged parts of the Midwest. We know that these kinds of rain storms and flooding will become more frequent and severe with global warming. How can… Read more »

Protecting The Mighty Kaw

Take Action to Protect theKansas River Help us today to tell the Corps to end dredging on the Kaw by 2017! With Memorial Day behind us, the unofficial start to summer is underway! One of my favorite summer activities is getting out on the river. Picture your favorite river moment – the sun beating down,… Read more »

The Tale of Two Rivers (and one very large river basin): as the Mississippi River flooding lingers, communities along the Missouri River are witnessing unprecedented flooding

As communities begin to recover from flooding along the Mississippi River, communities along the Missouri River [PDF] from the Dakotas to Iowa to Nebraska to Missouri are bracing for unprecedented flooding. The flooding is unprecedented due to record levels of snowfall (see NY Times image below) in the Rocky Mountains, snow that is late to… Read more »

Don’t Bury My River

Today’s guest blog about the #10 Niobrara River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Mel Hansen, a local long-term resident of Knox County, Nebraska. Take Action to Protect theNiobrara River Tell the Army Corps to protect local communities from flooding by addressing sediment issues! My wife and I started visiting… Read more »

River Champions – Reader Nominated

Marian & Stu Maas – Nebraska Wildlife Federation & Mo. Valley Waterfowlers Association of Iowa Marian and Stuart Maas have been advocates of Missouri River Restoration and Recovery since the US Army Corps of Engineers began the process. Marian is a charter member of the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC). They have traveled to every… Read more »

The Green Infrastructure Conversation in Northern Ohio

American Rivers’ advocacy for green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) in the Toledo-Lucas County area is demonstrated with our work with the GSI Task Force. In May I had the opportunity to attend the 2015 Ohio Stormwater Conference that was held in Sandusky, OH. I was able to hear presentations from communities all over the state and… Read more »