Green Infrastructure Moves forward in Congress

Recent and devastating flooding the along the Mississippi has emphasized the need to strengthen our natural defenses.  While the floods we’ve just seen result from many causes, including the destruction of small streams and wetlands upstream, overdevelopment of our cities is another cause. In urbanized areas with hard surfaces like roads and parking lots, rainwater… 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 »

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 »

Green Infrastructure Projects in Mississippi Would Create Jobs, Stimulate Economy

Visit www.americanrivers.org/readytogoprojects for project details Visit www.americanrivers.org/greeninfrastructure for information on water infrastructure and economic stimulus Washington, DC — Green infrastructure projects are critical to stimulating the economy, and American Rivers and its partners have identified 11 examples of ready-to-go projects in Mississippi worth over $32 million that would not only create jobs and jumpstart the… Read more »

Mississippi Flood update: Morganza Spillway opening imminent

Enlarge map The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is poised to open the fourth and final major floodway on the Mississippi River to ease pressure on levees and save populated areas from record-breaking floods. To begin relieving the flooding, the Bonnet Carré Spillway was opened on May 9th. But the opening of the Bonnet Carré… Read more »

EPA Kills Yazoo Pumps in Historic Victory for Environment and Taxpayer

Washington, DC —  In a sweeping victory for clean water, natural flood protection and taxpayers, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today killed the disastrous Yazoo Pumps project, which would have cost $220 million in federal tax dollars and drained up to 200,000 acres of the South’s most precious wetlands (an area equal to the size 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 »

EPA Takes Next Step to Veto Yazoo Pumps

Washington, DC — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken the next step towards killing the disastrous Yazoo Pumps project, which would use $220 million federal tax dollars to drain more than 300 square miles of wetlands in Mississippi; an area equal to the size of New York City, including all 5 boroughs. The EPA… 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 »