Early Successes on Chicago and Roanoke Rivers

It has been an exciting couple of weeks since the release of our 2011 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™!  Things seem to be looking up for the Chicago and Roanoke Rivers.  While both rivers still have a ways to go, I wanted to share with you the recent developments. Chicago River The week prior… Read more »

The Mad Hatter Resides at ORSANCO

A proposal change to water quality standards for the Ohio River could result in eight states permitting the discharge of greater amounts of mercury into the river. Mercury earned the nickname “mad hatter” because hat makers exposed to the toxin suffered neurologic damage. Today, the pollutant is emitted by coal fired power plants which allow… Read more »

Middle Mississippi River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

www.americanrivers.org/Mississippi Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named the Middle Mississippi River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014 today, shining a national spotlight on the threat a new levee at the New Madrid Floodway poses to wildlife habitat and downstream flood safety. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers… 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 STOPS Runoff Act: Treating Stormwater Where it Falls

Last week, Senator Cardin introduced the STOPS Runoff Act (S. 3602) that will reduce polluted stormwater runoff from federally funded highway and road projects. Roads are a major source of polluted stormwater runoff because rainwater that falls is unable to infiltrate these hard surfaces and soak into the ground. Instead, this water runs along the surface of… Read more »

Tell The U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers To Abandon The New Madrid Levee

Tell the Corps. and EPA to abandon the New Madrid Levee project | © IL Emergency Management Agency In 2011, as the Mississippi River crept closer to overtopping levees and flooding communities like Cairo, IL, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dramatically blew up the Bird’s Point levee at the top of the New Madrid… Read more »

Giving Back to the Mighty Mississippi

“The face of the river, in time, became a wonderful book … which told its mind to me without reserve, delivering its most cherished secrets as clearly as if it had uttered them with a voice. And it was not a book to be read once and thrown aside, for it had a new story… Read more »

What Can We Learn From the Mississippi River Flooding?

When the US Army Corps of Engineers blew the levee at Birds Point and the New Madrid Floodway, it sparked a heated debate. We can ask whether this particular by-pass was a idea or not, but that decision was made 80 years ago, right or wrong. One thing is for sure in a changing climate —… Read more »

From the Mississippi’s 1993 Flood to Today

Today’s guest blog about the #3 Middle Mississippi River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Alison Jones. Alison is the Director of No Water No Life® and a professional photographer. Today Alison tells us about her experience seeing a flood on the Mississippi River in 1993. Tell the U.S. Army… Read more »

Great Lakes – An Environmental History Lesson

While my colleagues and I write and make videos on rain gardens, rain barrels, the importance of addressing stormwater pollution, and in general using green infrastructure to improve our rivers, I think it’s important to keep in mind why we do this. Ask anybody who is involved in conservation, whether it’s their job, they participate… Read more »