Mussel sampling is a fun way to experience your river

I was fortunate to join a mussel sampling expedition on the Cedar River in Iowa a couple weeks ago. The Iowa DNR is updating their statewide inventory of mussels, so they are sampling many new areas as well as repeating visits to sites that were known to host mussel populations years ago. Biologists at the… Read more »

The Multiple Benefits of Floodplain Easements

Download the report This report provides a snapshot of a single round of successful and highly sought after Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) floodplain easements in the Upper Mississippi River Basin states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.  Floodplain easements are a cost-effective way to minimize flood impacts, reduce repeat damages and store floodwaters… 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 »

Floodplain Easements are a Wise Investment & Bring Multiple Benefits

After 10 years of cuts to agricultural conservation programs, no one is doing more with less than the NRCS. Effective flood management requires us to use a host of tools and techniques, from improved stormwater management to floodplain ordinances that keep us from building in flood-prone places (a bad habit we’ve continued since the Great… Read more »

The Tale of Two Rivers (and one very large river basin): as the Mississippi River flooding lingers, communities along the Missouri River are witnessing unprecedented flooding

As communities begin to recover from flooding along the Mississippi River, communities along the Missouri River [PDF] from the Dakotas to Iowa to Nebraska to Missouri are bracing for unprecedented flooding. The flooding is unprecedented due to record levels of snowfall (see NY Times image below) in the Rocky Mountains, snow that is late to… Read more »

Most Endangered Rivers of 2011 Announced Today!

Presenting our much awaited…yearly exposé of rivers on the brink… America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2011! We have a crucial list of rivers compiled for this year, with threats ranging from natural gas development to flooding to mining to disgusting water pollution. It is all on the list! For the second year in a row,… Read more »

Mississippi River named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC – As floodwaters swelled the Mississippi River to historic levels and overwhelmed communities in 10 states, American Rivers gave a ‘special mention’ to the river today in its list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2011.  American Rivers made the last minute addition to the list due to the unprecedented nature of the… 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 »

Show Your Love For Water Trails: Join Trails Advocacy Week

Register today for American Hiking Society’s Hike The Hill: Trails Advocacy Week February 12-17, 2011. Trail advocates from across the nation will come to the nation’s capital to promote and protect our nation’s system of trails – including water trails. Come talk to your elected officials about your water trail and get up to speed… Read more »

Midwest’s Rivers and Communities to Benefit from New American Rivers Office

La Crosse, WI – American Rivers announced today that it has opened an office in La Crosse to promote river restoration in the Midwest. The nation’s leading river conservation organization will focus on river restoration through dam removal in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa to help communities realize the clean water, public safety, wildlife, and other… Read more »