Middle Mississippi River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: Middle Mississippi River Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky Threat: Outdated flood management At risk: Habitat and public safety Middle Mississippi River, MO, IL, KY | © Ted Heisel The Mississippi River’s ability to spread out into its floodplain is important for fish and wildlife and for protecting downstream communities from floodwaters…. Read more »

Sewage Bacteria Makes Chicago River One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Chicago, Ill. – The daily discharge of 1.2 billion gallons of undisinfected sewage effluent into the Chicago River system threatens public health and has earned the river a place on the annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™, a report issued by the conservation group American Rivers. Supporting over six million residents regionally, the Chicago… Read more »

Stopping Sewage Overflows

Don’t you just hate it when… there’s raw sewage in your local rivers? Unfortunately, this is the case all too often with over 850 billion gallons of raw or partially treated sewage flowing into our streams, rivers and lakes every year. The Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition, of which American Rivers is a member, recently… Read more »

America’s Most Endangered Rivers Coming April 9!

The Colorado River was last year’s #1 Most Endangered River. Stay tuned to see what river will be picked this year? | © Pete McBride It is almost time for American Rivers’ annual report on rivers in peril— America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014!  American Rivers and its partners nationwide will announce America’s Most Endangered… 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 »

Follow the Money: An Agenda for Smarter Infrastructure Funding in the Great Lakes

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 »

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 »