Mississippi River Mayors for Clean Water

Mississippi River in St. Louis, MO | American Rivers I can remember visiting my grandmother in Memphis and going to Mud Island on the Mississippi River to wade through the concrete, scaled model of the Mississippi River Basin, seeing how all of the different tributaries and states connected. An impressive model given that the river… 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 »

Flooding on the Mighty Mo: Lessons Re-learned

While the recent review by an independent panel (Review of the Regulation of the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System During the Flood of 2011) on how the Corps of Engineers handled the flooding along the Mighty Missouri River provides a good overview of the facts, it does not provide much in the way of new… Read more »

Floodplain and Wetlands Restoration Projects

Coyote Creek, CaliforniaAfter major flooding in 1983, the Santa Clara Valley Water District sought approval for levee setbacks and bypass channels. The project was completed in 1995 and is credited for reducing flooding in 1997. According to the Santa Clara Valley Water District, flood waters would have been 40 percent faster and water volume would… 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 »

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 »

Moving Out of Harm’s Way

Arnold, MissouriResidents of Arnold, Missouri located south of Saint Louis, near the confluence received $2 million in disaster relief following the Great Flood of 1993. After that flood the town implemented a voluntary relocation plan that reduced federal assistance to less than $40,000 when floodwaters returned in 1995. Cedar Falls, IowaAfter floods caused six federally-declared… Read more »

Big Rivers Need Big Wetlands

This rare Illinois chorus frog is a candidate for the federal Threatened and Endangered Species list. Once common in southeastern Missouri, the New Madrid Floodway provides critical habitat for the reclusive frog. Photo: Chris Young. This year, the middle Mississippi River made the 2014 America’s Most Endangered Rivers® list due to a proposed project by… 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 »

Successful Habitat Restoration Projects

Morgan Point Bendway Closure Structure, ArkansasThe $2.7 million project was designed to restore flows to the Morgan Point Bendway, which was cut off when the Wilbur D. Mills Dam was constructed. An overflow weir closure structure at the mouth of the bendway and a water supply pipeline from the dam was built. Additionally, some areas… Read more »