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 »
Download the 2014 Dam Removals list [PDF] Download a comprehensive list of dams removed 1998-2014 [PDF] Explore the interactive map of all dam removals (Washington) — Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 72 dams in 2014, restoring more than 730 miles of streams for the… Read more »
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 »
The Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program was established to mitigate past and ongoing degradation; unfortunately, continued funding for the program is at risk.
Visit www.americanrivers.org/readytogoprojects for project details Visit www.americanrivers.org/greeninfrastructure for information on water infrastructure and economic stimulus Washington, DC — Green infrastructure projects are critical to stimulating the economy, and American Rivers and its partners have identified 16 examples of ready-to-go projects in Illinois with a value of over $115 million that would not only create jobs and… Read more »
Last year American Rivers celebrated the 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup. The 5 Ws below highlight the remarkable achievements of 2011: Who: 85,000 cleanup organizers, volunteers, employees, students and fellow river-lovers all over the country teamed up to restore waterways. What: Collected over 3 million pounds of trash from 37,500 river miles. That is… Read more »
A new program authorized in 2014 will allow for the privatization of the Mississippi River and river recreationists may start paying to degrade river habitat.
Washington, DC – As rising Mississippi floodwaters threaten people and property and the US Army Corps of Engineers has exploded a levee to protect Cairo, Ill., the public needs credible information about why rivers flood and what we can do to lessen the effects of flooding in the future. Andrew Fahlund, senior vice president of… Read more »
Frank Masterman is a man of vision and passion. He understands the multitude of problems trash cause in his local Rock River in Oregon, Illinois and was inspired to take action. He has transformed what began as a single cleanup in 2009 into the “1st ever Great Rock River Sweep.” As part of American Rivers’… Read more »
–Press Release by Mississippi River Network, of which American Rivers is a member– On May 2, 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blew up a levee on the Mississippi River to prevent serious flooding damage downriver in Cairo, Illinois. Maj. Gen. Michael J. Walsh, commander of the Mississippi Valley Division of the Corps, ordered… Read more »