All Hope is Not Lost for St. Croix

St. Croix, MN, WI | Jim Denham Poor St. Croix River… sigh…  Recent attacks on this river caused it to appear on our 2009 and 2011 lists of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.  In March 2012, President Obama signed a bill that created an exemption to the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in order to build… Read more »

Will the mayors help or hurt the Mississippi River?

Mississippi River Press Conference | Olivia Dorothy Today, the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative unveiled a new program: The Mississippi River Sustainable Development Fund to provide grants for startup costs for sustainable riverfront development. Funding for this grant program will be provided by partner city and corporate contributions. The mayors are right on track,… Read more »

Lessons From The Midwest Floods

This post by American Rivers President Rebecca Wodder originally appeared on Treehugger.com: 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 »

America Runs on the Mississippi River

Enjoy a guest blog from our Communications intern, Johannes Driesbach. Map of the Mississippi River | USGS Throughout America’s history, rivers have been incredibly important to the individuals living here.  Whether it was the Native Americans, the early colonists, the explorers who traveled to the Pacific coast, or us today, everyone in the United States… Read more »

What’s Happening on America’s Most Endangered Rivers?

In April, American Rivers released our annual report on America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, drawing attention to significant threats facing our rivers. We have been working hard in recent months to encourage progress on these critical issues, and some highlights from that work are mentioned below. San Joaquin River drying up at San Mateo Road |… 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 »

Become a Part of History: Join the National River Cleanup®

A couple volunteers found some great artifacts at the Milwaukee Riverkeeper cleanup! | © Avita Flowers Shanklin Rivers connect us. And not just to communities and ecosystems downstream, but to past and future generations as well. I remember the first time I saw the Mississippi River. I was on my way to Beale Street in…

Anglers Fund Conservation Update Part 4 – Southwest/Southeast

Welcome to Part 4 of the Anglers Fund conservation update, which summarizes our recent successes to protect and restore important fish habitat. The theme for this report is “healthy fish need healthy rivers”. We hope you’ll enjoy seeing how our work has a positive impact on fisheries. This week is the South! Previous posts: California,… Read more »

Mississippi Flood update: Morganza Spillway opening imminent

Enlarge map The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is poised to open the fourth and final major floodway on the Mississippi River to ease pressure on levees and save populated areas from record-breaking floods. To begin relieving the flooding, the Bonnet Carré Spillway was opened on May 9th. But the opening of the Bonnet Carré… Read more »

Best Rivers in the Fall: Northern Rockies – Midwest

Today’s post is a guest blog by Taylor Cox. Taylor is a communications intern at American Rivers this fall. She is majoring in Communication, Law, Economics, and Government (CLEG) with a minor in Environmental Science at American University. It’s Autumn, which has American Rivers staff thinking of their favorite rivers to see the season’s colors…. Read more »