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 »

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 »

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 »

Beyond Banning Dams: Wild and Scenic Designations

Read the full report (PDF) INTRODUCTION The movement to protect the nation’s remaining free-flowing rivers was born out of America’s “big dam” era from the 1930s to the 1960s. Concerned at the rapid pace of development of many of the country’s rivers for power, flood control, and irrigation, people across the United States acted to ensure… Read more »

Ecological Riverfront Design: Restoring Rivers, Connecting Communities

A report by Betsy Otto, Kathleen McCormick, and Michael Leccese American Planning Association (APA) holds the copyright for this report. Please do not copy or post the files provided here without permission from APA. To purchase the full report from the American Planning Association bookstore, click here.  (Note: All links below are in PDF format)… Read more »

Unnatural Disasters, Natural Solutions: Lessons from the Flooding of New Orleans

Executive Summary The images are seared into our memories. As Hurricane Katrina roared ashore, the long-ignored warnings about the inadequacy of New Orleans’ defenses came shockingly, vividly alive. The flooding of New Orleans that followed was a tragic and appalling disaster. But it was not a natural disaster. Poor project planning, flawed project design, misplaced… 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 »