A Special Connection to the Ozarks

Today’s guest blog is from John Whitaker, a long-time supporter of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. The Ozark Riverways were listed as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2011, and a big decision is about to be made by the National Park Service (NPS) regarding the management of this special place. The Ozark Riverways need… Read more »

Record Midwest Floods Threaten Communities with ‘Walls of Water’

Roughly a quarter of the 40,000 residents evacuated Minot, North Dakota’s fourth largest city due to record flooding on the Souris River. The Souris River flows into Canada and is overtopping its levees due to heavy rainfall and releases from Canadian dams. The flooding on the Souris breaks the 1881 record and the river is… Read more »

Map of US Dam Removals 1936-2014

Few things have such a fundamental impact on a river as a dam. Dams block a river’s flow and can harm clean water, fish and wildlife, and recreation opportunities. American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams. We have been creating a running inventory of all dam removal projects we… Read more »

River Champions – Reader Nominated

Brian Waldrop – Missouri Stream Team Brian Waldrop is the St. Louis and Southeast Regional Stream Team Assistant for the Missouri Stream Team program. Brian has been involved with the Stream Team program since the late 1990s. In this time, and in his position as coordinator for a large region of Missouri, his organizational efforts… Read more »

Rivers Aren’t a Problem to be Solved

[Part 2 of a series on the floods in the Midwest – read part 1 here] Throughout much of American history, rivers have been treated as problems that must be “solved” through large scale and expensive engineering projects. The result? Rivers have been clogged with dams, straightened, channelized, and cut off from their floodplains by… Read more »

River Champions – Reader Nominated

Dugan Smith – National Park Service Dugan has put his heart and soul into being a steward for the Missouri River. He has led the Missouri River Cleanup for the past 10 years. He shows an extreme dedication to America’s rivers. Dugan has also been the lead person in setting up other cleanups up and… Read more »

Missouri River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, D.C. – American Rivers named the Missouri River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® today, shining a national spotlight on outdated flood management practices that are threatening public safety.  “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers that are facing a critical tipping point,” said Eileen Fretz of American… Read more »