Flood Risk Rising on the Mississippi River?

Chevron on the Mississippi River | © Olivia Dorothy The Mississippi River is perhaps the U.S’s most visible and enduring example of an altered river. Where the Upper Mississippi River was once free flowing with islands, backwaters, and wide floodplains to support diverse fish and wildlife, it is now a series of pools, created by… 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…

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 »

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 »

A Return to the River in the Twin Cities: Minneapolis

This is a guest blog from American Rivers interns Sam Padgett and Johannes Dreisbach. Ford Parkway Bridge, Minneapolis, MN | 2008 National Park Service Minneapolis, Minnesota is home to some of the country’s richest outdoor resources, abounding with parks, nature, and wildlife.   The Mississippi River, the fifth longest river in the world, provides life… Read more »

Mississippi River Mayors for Clean Water

Mississippi River in St. Louis, MO | American Rivers I can remember visiting my grandmother in Memphis and going to Mud Island on the Mississippi River to wade through the concrete, scaled model of the Mississippi River Basin, seeing how all of the different tributaries and states connected. An impressive model given that the river… Read more »

Mississippi River Mayors for Clean Water

Mississippi River in St. Louis, MO | American Rivers I can remember visiting my grandmother in Memphis and going to Mud Island on the Mississippi River to wade through the concrete, scaled model of the Mississippi River Basin, seeing how all of the different tributaries and states connected. An impressive model given that the river… Read more »

Explore the America’s Rivers through “River Stories”

See The Stories Take a virtual tour down America’s rivers! Ever wonder what it’s like to travel down some of America’s most scenic rivers? American Rivers, the National Park Service, and local conservation and recreation groups across the country have teamed up to create, “River Stories.” Powered by National Geographic Maps GeoStories, “River Stories” uses… Read more »

What’s the biggest flood in history? The one that floods you.

I started writing this blog with the intention of talking about the biggest floods in United States history. But it quickly became a harder task when I tried to figure out how to measure the “biggest” flood. Is it by the amount of water? The most land covered? The most lives lost? The most property destroyed?… Read more »

Academy Award Winning Rivers

  Tom Skerritt, Actor and American Rivers Board Member With the Oscars coming up this weekend and all the stars donning their gowns and bow ties, we thought it would be fun to highlight some popular, Academy Award nominated river films from over the years.  Whether the river is used as a scenic setting or… Read more »