Announcing America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2012

It’s here – the 2012 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®! From pollution to fracking to dams and dredging, this year we’re highlighting issues that have a direct impact on our clean water, public health, and wildlife. Every year since 1986, this report has put a spotlight on ten rivers at risk. With the 2012… Read more »

Endangered Rivers On FIRE!

Stop the Attacks on Clean Water  Let Congress know you support the Clean Water Act What a week!  News of the release of American Rivers’ annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® spread like wildfire this week.  This gives us great hope that progress will be made towards good decisions for our ten rivers this… Read more »

Flooding on the Mighty Mo: Lessons Re-learned

While the recent review by an independent panel (Review of the Regulation of the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System During the Flood of 2011) on how the Corps of Engineers handled the flooding along the Mighty Missouri River provides a good overview of the facts, it does not provide much in the way of new… 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 »

Missouri River Flooding – time to end the blame game

2011 has been an extreme year for flooding events across the nation.  However, a few key factors made the Missouri River different from the flooding in other parts of the country.  First, the combination of massive spring rains on top of thaw of heavy snowpack in the plains and mountains approximately doubled the historic record for… Read more »

Missouri River flooding: myths and facts

Missouri River flooding: myths and facts Last Wednesday’s Congressional hearing on the Missouri River Flood of 2011 was a reminder that, in addition to needing to end the blame game, we still have a lot of work to do to move beyond the myths surrounding flood management. The top four myths we heard at the… Read more »

Record Midwest Floods Threaten Communities with ‘Walls of Water’

Roughly a quarter of the 40,000 residents evacuated Minot, North Dakota’s fourth largest city due to record flooding on the Souris River. The Souris River flows into Canada and is overtopping its levees due to heavy rainfall and releases from Canadian dams. The flooding on the Souris breaks the 1881 record and the river is… Read more »

Tell Congress Missouri River Restoration = Flood Protection

Take Action to Protect theMissouri River   Tell Congress to support restoration and long-term planning on the Missouri River! The nation’s longest river, the Missouri River, is back on the America’s Most Endangered Rivers list at #4 [PDF] this year. We need your help to keep the Missouri River on the road to recovery and… Read more »

The Origin of Water (Apologies to Darwin)

Where does our water come from? And how did it get there? For some folks the answer is the grocery store (and Fiji) but for most of us the answer is that it flows out of the tap when we turn it on. Though the reality is that the water does not just magically appear in either… 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 »