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 »

What’s Happening on America’s Most Endangered Rivers?

In April, American Rivers released our annual report on America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, drawing attention to significant threats facing our rivers. We have been working hard in recent months to encourage progress on these critical issues, and some highlights from that work are mentioned below. San Joaquin River drying up at San Mateo Road |… Read more »

History Repeating Itself

In an NBC interview on the Mississippi River flooding, Andrew Fahlund, senior vice president of Conservation for American Rivers, talks about history repeating itself as we lose more wetlands and floodplains and as more people are being put in harm’s way. 4 million live in flood zone areas. Over 35 million acres of wetlands have… Read more »

Veto the New Madrid Floodway Project

The elusive least bittern breads in the marshes and wetlands of the Midwest, including the New Madrid Floodway, and is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act | Chris Young Today, American Rivers, as one of 90 organizations, sent a letter to President Obama asking for a Clean Water Act veto to protect the Middle… Read more »

Levee Breach Shows Importance of Natural Floodplains for Public Safety

On Monday, the US Army Corps of Engineers made the difficult decision to intentionally breach a levee on the middle Mississippi River. Dynamiting the Birds’ Point Levee routed floodwaters into 130,000 acres of agricultural land on the New Madrid Floodway in nearby Missouri and away from the 2,800 residents of Cairo, Illinois. Yesterday’s event activated… Read more »

New Madrid Levee Project Criticized by Peers

Mallard Jump | Chris Young Since the 1950s, the US Army Corps of Engineers has been trying to build a levee near New Madrid, MO to halt seasonal backwater flooding and promote agriculture production within the lower portion of the New Madrid Floodway. The levee would prevent the Mississippi River from reaching 75,000 acres of… Read more »

Mississippi floods: the Year of the River

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 »