American Rivers applauds the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that forms a partnership to ensure that their agencies are working collaboratively on integrated and adaptive water resources management. This is an excellent demonstration of efficient and effective use of government resources for the benefit of the economy and environment.
As we see more frequent and intense droughts and storms and related flood events, an adaptive approach to water management that is based on sound science is critical now more than ever. Previously, the assumption was made that the past is a predictor of the future. Now we have a better understanding from the last 20 to 30 years that our storms are getting bigger and that they are coming more often. As we are seeing record flooding on the Mississippi River and record droughts in Texas, it is heartening to see the sister agencies partnering together to ensure that the best science is available during wet, and dry times. With greater information and understanding come greater results. We must turn good science and information into actions that protect and restore our natural defenses like healthy rivers, wetlands, and floodplains and that manage water efficiently and sustainably.
American Rivers is the nation’s leading voice fighting for clean water and healthy rivers. For almost 40 years we have protected and restored rivers, scoring victories for communities, fish and wildlife, and future generations. American Rivers has offices in Washington, DC and nationwide, and more than 100,000 supporters and volunteers. Visit www.americanrivers.org, www.facebook.com/americanrivers and www.twitter.com/americanrivers.
American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams. Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and future generations. Since 1973, American Rivers has fought to preserve these connections, helping protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 100,000 supporters, members, and volunteers nationwide. Visit www.americanrivers.org, www.facebook.com/americanrivers and www.twitter.com/americanrivers.