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 »

River Champions – Reader Nominated

Frank Schier and Greg Farnum – The Rock River Trail Initiative Frank Schier and Greg Farnham have been responsible for taking the concept of the Rock River Water Trail in Wisconsin and Illinois from an enduring vision of Frank’s to one of the best documented and planned water trails in the country. The water trail… Read more »

American Rivers Names America’s Most Endangered Rivers(TM) of 2011

Washington, DC – With floodwaters swelling the Mississippi River to historic levels and rivers nationwide at risk from gas drilling, sewage pollution, and other threats, American Rivers today released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. For the second year in a row, the most endangered river in the United States is a victim… Read more »

Green Infrastructure to Alleviate Flooding

American Rivers recently completed retrofitting over 12 acres of impervious surface in the Wilson Park Creek Subwatershed. One of the projects was a 4,987 square foot roof at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee’s building at 4707 S. 13th St. which houses a school that serves grades 6th-12th. The gymnasium roof is overlooked by over 13… Read more »

The Many Ways Wild and Scenic Designations Help our Rivers

So what exactly do Wild and Scenic River Designations do?  Sure, they prevent  harmful water projects, such as dams, but do they do anything else? To help clarify the many things a Wild and Scenic designation can do, the American Rivers Northwest staff put together a new series of case studies: “Beyond Banning Dams: Benefits… Read more »

Rain Garden and Rain Barrel Initiatives

Rain barrel | American Rivers When it rains polluted stormwater often pours directly into rivers from dirty streets and parking lots, or into overburdened wastewater and drinking water treatment systems.  This poses a health hazard for people, as well as fish and wildlife To reduce the effects of stormwater, American Rivers works on the local, state… Read more »

Good News for the Little Plover River

Today we have a guest blog update from the Friends of the Central Sands about the Little Plover River – a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® list in 2013. Little Plover River | Barb Feltz The Little Plover River was on American Rivers’ list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® in 2013, due to… Read more »

Mississippi River named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC – As floodwaters swelled the Mississippi River to historic levels and overwhelmed communities in 10 states, American Rivers gave a ‘special mention’ to the river today in its list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2011.  American Rivers made the last minute addition to the list due to the unprecedented nature of the… Read more »

Greening Milwaukee

I’ve spent the past two days at a Freshwater Forum convened by The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, on the western shore of Lake Michigan outside Racine, Wisconsin. Wingspread is the home designed for the Johnson family in the 1930’s by Frank Lloyd Wright. It provides an inspiring setting for this meeting of leaders from conservation,… Read more »

Westlawn Redevelopment

Sean Foltz accepts an award on behalf of American Rivers from Antonio Perez, Director of the Housing Authority and Willie Hines, Alderman | Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee American Rivers was recently recognized for their work with the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee. An award was presented at a recognition ceremony… Read more »