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.
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 »
Read the full report (PDF) Introduction The Upper Mississippi is an extraordinary river. From the moment it trickles out of Minnesota’s Lake Itasca, the Mississippi River shapes the lives of the communities along its banks. As the Mississippi courses through the nation’s heartland, it winds through hundreds of communities and thousands of years of human… Read more »
Read the full report (PDF) Introduction Most people would agree that getting caught outside during a rainstorm is an unpleasant experience. In addition to getting soaked by the rain, one has to negotiate the many puddles and running water, or “stormwater runoff” that form during a storm. Most people would also agree that, despite the… Read more »
Executive Summary Our national priorities drive our public investments. The reverse is also true: Where and how we spend public water infrastructure dollars drives future investment priorities. These decisions also have a material impact on the water quality of our communities and the Great Lakes as a whole. Each year the federal government, states, municipalities… Read more »
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 »