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 »

Support Ozark Riverways!

This is a guest blog from Friends of Ozark Riverways, a local group that is “promoting a respectful management approach for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.” Current River, Ozark National Scenic Riverway | © Elizabeth Meyer, NPS Sign the petition to keep the Ozark Riverways healhty! The National Park Service has released its General Management… Read more »

Lower Mississippi River Resource Assessment

Mississippi River at New Orleans | Olivia Dorothy Last month, the US Army Corps of Engineers released a draft report that evaluates community and ecosystem needs along the Lower Mississippi River (the river south of the Ohio River confluence) and is soliciting comments from the public until June 1. Billed as the first step towards… Read more »

Most Endangered Rivers of 2011 Announced Today!

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 »