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 »

Mississippi floods: the Year of the River

Several months ago, American Rivers dubbed 2011 The Year of the River because of the exciting and unprecedented dam removal projects coming up. The river restoration on Washington’s Elwha and White Salmon are ones for the history books. But now we have another history-making event in the works: record flooding of the Mississippi River. We… Read more »

Lower Mississippi River Resource Assessment

Mississippi River at New Orleans | Olivia Dorothy Last month, the US Army Corps of Engineers released a draft report that evaluates community and ecosystem needs along the Lower Mississippi River (the river south of the Ohio River confluence) and is soliciting comments from the public until June 1. Billed as the first step towards… Read more »

Room for Rivers: Community Snapshots of Natural Defenses in Action

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2011 Is your river on the list? Sign up to be the first to learn about America’s Most Endangered Rivers. * First Name: * Last Name: * Email: ZIP: Yes! I want to learn more about issues affecting our nation’s rivers. Spam Control Text: As floods spread south along the… Read more »

Smarter flood protection solutions for the 21st century

The weathermen on the local TV news call it “wacky weather” – those freak storms and floods that seem to be getting more frequent and more severe every year. But usually lost in the news coverage is why flooding and flood damage is getting worse. The fact is, despite continued investment in structures like dams,… Read more »

The Consequences of Controlling a River Course

America’s Rivers Are At Risk This year’s flooding spotlights some of the challenges that our rivers are facing. On May 17th, we’re announcing the newest America’s Most Endangered Rivers. Sign up to find out how you can get involved. * First Name: * Last Name: * Email: ZIP: Yes! I want to protect my rivers… Read more »