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From the Mississippi’s 1993 Flood to Today(April 14th, 2014)

Tell The U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers To Abandon The New Madrid Levee(April 14th, 2014)

Middle Mississippi River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014(April 9th, 2014)

When Will We Stop Taking Water for Granted?(March 20th, 2014)

Flood Risk Rising on the Mississippi River?(February 14th, 2014)

A Special Connection to the Ozarks(January 28th, 2014)

Support Ozark Riverways!(January 13th, 2014)

How Creatively Can You Interpret Water Quality Data?(December 23rd, 2013)

The Long-term Progress on the Great Miami River(August 13th, 2013)

VIDEO: Improving hydropower dams benefits rivers(August 12th, 2013)

Don’t Bury My River(April 26th, 2013)

As Flooding Risks Rise, Communities Can Take Steps to Prepare(April 24th, 2013)

Niobrara River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers(April 17th, 2013)

62 Dams Removed to Restore Rivers in 2012(March 12th, 2013)

Missouri River Water Wars Continue As Drought Persists(January 30th, 2013)

America Runs on the Mississippi River(November 22nd, 2012)

Transforming Urban Gardens(October 9th, 2012)

What’s Happening on the Kansas River?(October 3rd, 2012)

What’s Happening on the Kansas River?(October 3rd, 2012)

Mississippi River Mayors for Clean Water(September 18th, 2012)

Mississippi River Mayors for Clean Water(September 18th, 2012)

Greening Milwaukee(July 19th, 2012)

Why Fracking The Grand Is A Bad Idea(June 5th, 2012)

Making The Right Decision For The Kansas River(May 31st, 2012)

Protecting The Mighty Kaw(May 31st, 2012)

Experience The Beautiful Grand River(May 25th, 2012)

Let’s Have A Grand Ole’ Day on the River!(May 25th, 2012)

Tell Congress Missouri River Restoration = Flood Protection(May 23rd, 2012)

Grand River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers(May 15th, 2012)

Kansas River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers(May 15th, 2012)

Missouri River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers(May 15th, 2012)

Green in the Bank – Releasing a New Report on Green Infrastructure Today(April 12th, 2012)

Green Infrastructure to Alleviate Flooding(April 4th, 2012)

What’s the biggest flood in history? The one that floods you.(March 14th, 2012)

House greenlights massive bridge over Wild and Scenic St. Croix River(March 1st, 2012)

Don’t Let Lake Delhi Destroy the Maquoketa River(February 16th, 2012)

National River Cleanup® Year in Review: 5 Ws of 2011(January 11th, 2012)

Flooding on the Mighty Mo: Lessons Re-learned(December 30th, 2011)

A Win for the Mississippi River(December 21st, 2011)

Missouri River flooding: myths and facts(December 6th, 2011)

Cities Go Green for Clean Water(October 18th, 2011)

New Report: Investments in Clean Water Could Create Millions of Jobs(October 5th, 2011)

Mussel sampling is a fun way to experience your river(September 16th, 2011)

Record Midwest Floods Threaten Communities with ‘Walls of Water’(June 24th, 2011)

Floodplain Easements are a Wise Investment & Bring Multiple Benefits(June 23rd, 2011)

The Tale of Two Rivers (and one very large river basin): as the Mississippi River flooding lingers, communities along the Missouri River are witnessing unprecedented flooding(June 10th, 2011)

Then and Now: National River Cleanup History(June 9th, 2011)

Chat live with Secretary Salazar on America’s Great Outdoors, June 10 at 2 p.m. EDT(June 8th, 2011)

New Report Calls for Federal Action to Improve Flood Protection, Other Policies in Face of Climate Change(May 26th, 2011)

Policy Reforms That Save Money and Prepare Communities for Climate Change(May 26th, 2011)

Most Endangered Rivers Launch Takes Off(May 18th, 2011)

American Rivers Names America’s Most Endangered Rivers(TM) of 2011(May 17th, 2011)

Mississippi River named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers(May 17th, 2011)

Ozarks Riverways among Nation’s Most Endangered Rivers(May 17th, 2011)

Mississippi Flood update: Morganza Spillway opening imminent(May 13th, 2011)

Room for Rivers: Community Snapshots of Natural Defenses in Action(May 12th, 2011)

Mississippi floods: the Year of the River(May 11th, 2011)

History Repeating Itself(May 10th, 2011)

What Can We Learn From the Mississippi River Flooding?(May 9th, 2011)

The Consequences of Controlling a River Course(May 8th, 2011)

Midwest Flooding Spotlights Need for Stronger Agricultural Conservation Programs(May 6th, 2011)

Record Mississippi River Flooding Sparks Call for Comprehensive Management(May 5th, 2011)

Rivers Aren’t a Problem to be Solved(May 5th, 2011)

Levee Breach Shows Importance of Natural Floodplains for Public Safety(May 4th, 2011)

Conservation Expert Available To Comment On Levee Explosion, Rivers, Floods And Community Safety(May 3rd, 2011)

Rising Toll of Floods Calls for a National Investment in Our Natural Defenses(May 3rd, 2011)

Smooth Driving on Green Streets(April 29th, 2011)

American Rivers Kicks Off 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup(TM)(April 21st, 2011)

FRAC Act Re-introduced in Congress(March 24th, 2011)

American Rivers releases report on 21st century flood protection solutions(March 11th, 2011)

Register for National River Cleanup 2011!(March 7th, 2011)

Tell Your Senators: Don’t Cut Conservation Programs(March 7th, 2011)

The most anti-environmental piece of legislation in history(February 24th, 2011)

Obama prioritizes rivers and blue trails in America’s Great Outdoors(February 16th, 2011)

Show Your Love For Water Trails: Join Trails Advocacy Week(February 1st, 2011)

Midwest’s Rivers and Communities to Benefit from New American Rivers Office(December 8th, 2010)

Green Infrastructure Making Its Mark from Small Towns to Big Cities(October 7th, 2010)

Iowa’s “Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund” is a Model Initiative(September 16th, 2010)

Supporting Agricultural Conservation Programs(August 18th, 2010)

Make the most of the final days of summer — 4 cool rivers to visit on a hot day.(August 12th, 2010)

The Mad Hatter Resides at ORSANCO(August 11th, 2010)

River Protection a Priority at Federal Listening Session(July 30th, 2010)

Senator Hogg Continues Leadership on Flood Management Effort in Iowa(July 30th, 2010)

Join American Rivers in opposing HR 1264, the “Multiple Peril Insurance Act of 2009″(July 20th, 2010)

Going Green for Clean Water(July 16th, 2010)

American Rivers announces America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2010(June 2nd, 2010)

Cedar River Named One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2010(June 2nd, 2010)

The Ten Most Endangered Rivers of 2010 – Plus 22 Success Stories!(June 2nd, 2010)

America’s Most Endangered Rivers to be Announced June 2(May 17th, 2010)

One year later, Ohio’s clean water benefits from stimulus spending(February 12th, 2010)

Smarter flood protection solutions for the 21st century(February 2nd, 2010)

Giving Back to the Mighty Mississippi(September 8th, 2009)

Wapsie River Trail Dedication(June 15th, 2009)

The 2009 River Action Day was a Success!(June 3rd, 2009)

Climate change causing many rivers worldwide to shrink(April 23rd, 2009)

Lower St. Croix River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers(April 7th, 2009)

Today is a Day to Celebrate(March 25th, 2009)

Stimulus funding can improve public health, clean water in Wisconsin(March 18th, 2009)

Protected Floodplains, Protected Communities(January 29th, 2009)

Future of the Niobrara River, One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2008, Still Hangs in the Balance(December 11th, 2008)

New Report Helps Citizens Fight Stormwater Pollution in Their Communities(October 16th, 2008)

American Rivers releases plan in the wake of Hurricane Ike(September 17th, 2008)

Farmland Conservation Decision Boosts Natural Flood Protection(July 30th, 2008)

Flooding and Raw Sewage(July 22nd, 2008)

American Rivers Responds to Disastrous Midwest Floods(June 16th, 2008)

Lessons From The Midwest Floods(April 7th, 2008)

Iowa in the News – for Rivers, not Candidates(January 15th, 2008)

Congress Begins Process of Reforming the Corps(September 24th, 2007)

Press Releases

Middle Mississippi River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

April 9th, 2014|Floods & Floodplains, Most Endangered Rivers

www.americanrivers.org/Mississippi Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named the Middle Mississippi River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014 today, shining a national spotlight on the threat a new levee at the New Madrid Floodway poses to wi… Read more »

Niobrara River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

April 17th, 2013|Floods & Floodplains, Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named the Niobrara River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013 today, shining a national spotlight on dam-related sediment buildup and flooding that threaten communities, recreation, and critical wildli… Read more »

62 Dams Removed to Restore Rivers in 2012

March 12th, 2013|Dams & Dam Removal

Washington, DC – Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 62 dams in 2012, American Rivers announced today. Outdated or unsafe dams came out of rivers in California, Co… Read more »

Grand River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

May 15th, 2012|Most Endangered Rivers, Water Pollution

Washington, D.C. – American Rivers named the Grand River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® today, shining a national spotlight on the threat natural gas drilling poses to clean water, recreation, and wildlife.  “The America… Read more »

Kansas River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

May 15th, 2012|Most Endangered Rivers, Water Pollution

Washington, D.C. – American Rivers named the Kansas River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® today, shining a national spotlight on the threat that sand and gravel dredging poses to clean water.  “The America’s Most Endange… Read more »

Missouri River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

May 15th, 2012|Most Endangered Rivers, Water Pollution

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 M… Read more »

House greenlights massive bridge over Wild and Scenic St. Croix River

March 1st, 2012|Wild and Scenic Rivers

Washington, DC – In a blow to fiscal responsibility and river protections that Americans hold dear, the House of Representatives today voted to allow the construction of a $700 million mega-bridge over the Wild and Scenic St. Croix River. The bil… Read more »

New Report Calls for Federal Action to Improve Flood Protection, Other Policies in Face of Climate Change

May 26th, 2011|Climate Change, Floods & Floodplains, Stormwater & Sewage, Water Pollution, Water Supply

Washington, D.C. – With floodwaters still threatening Mississippi River communities, American Rivers today released a report detailing the policy changes needed to protect communities from floods and other effects of climate change. The report re… Read more »

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

May 17th, 2011|Dams & Dam Removal, Floods & Floodplains, Fracking, Most Endangered Rivers, Water Pollution, Wild and Scenic Rivers

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 Endan… Read more »

Mississippi River named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

May 17th, 2011|Floods & Floodplains, 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 Rive… Read more »

Ozarks Riverways among Nation’s Most Endangered Rivers

May 17th, 2011|Most Endangered Rivers

Missouri — The clean water and unique recreation experiences prized by paddlers and anglers on the Ozark National Scenic Riverways is being destroyed by pollution, erosion, and poor management.  This threat landed the Ozark Riverways on the annua… Read more »

Record Mississippi River Flooding Sparks Call for Comprehensive Management

May 5th, 2011|Floods & Floodplains

–Press Release by Mississippi River Network, of which American Rivers is a member– On May 2, 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blew up a levee on the Mississippi River to prevent serious flooding damage downriver in Cairo, Illinois. Maj. Gen. Mi… Read more »

Conservation Expert Available To Comment On Levee Explosion, Rivers, Floods And Community Safety

May 3rd, 2011|Floods & Floodplains

Washington, DC – As rising Mississippi floodwaters threaten people and property and the US Army Corps of Engineers has exploded a levee to protect Cairo, Ill., the public needs credible information about why rivers flood and what we can do to les… Read more »

American Rivers Kicks Off 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup(TM)

April 21st, 2011|National River Cleanup

Washington, DC — American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for healthy rivers and clean water, today announced the kickoff of National River Cleanup™, now in its 20th year. The program, which mobilizes hundreds of thousands of volun… Read more »

American Rivers releases report on 21st century flood protection solutions

March 11th, 2011|Floods & Floodplains

Washington, DC – As heavy rains swell rivers across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, American Rivers today released a report stressing the urgent need for flood protection solutions that safeguard communities and save taxpayer dollars. The report,… Read more »

The most anti-environmental piece of legislation in history

February 24th, 2011|Most Endangered Rivers, Water Pollution

Just after 4:30 a.m. this past Saturday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed arguably the most anti-environmental piece of legislation in history.  H.R. 1, which would fund the government through the rest of federal Fiscal Year 2011, eviscerates p… Read more »

Midwest’s Rivers and Communities to Benefit from New American Rivers Office

December 8th, 2010|

La Crosse, WI – American Rivers announced today that it has opened an office in La Crosse to promote river restoration in the Midwest. The nation’s leading river conservation organization will focus on river restoration through dam removal… Read more »

River Protection a Priority at Federal Listening Session

July 30th, 2010|Water Pollution

Salt Lake City – River protection will be in the spotlight when federal officials visit Salt Lake City on Tuesday, August 3 to help shape its broad new initiative, America’s Great Outdoors, aimed at promoting recreation and conservation. Utah Rivers Co… Read more »

American Rivers announces America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2010

June 2nd, 2010|Dams & Dam Removal, Floods & Floodplains, Most Endangered Rivers, Water Pollution, Water Supply

Washington, DC — American Rivers today released its most anticipated report of the year, America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2010. The 25th anniversary edition of the report spotlights ten rivers facing the most urgent threats, and a… Read more »

Cedar River Named One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2010

June 2nd, 2010|Floods & Floodplains, Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC — Flood risk along Iowa’s Cedar River is growing, and outdated flood management is putting public safety and the river’s health at risk. This threat landed the Cedar in the number five spot in America’s Most Endan… Read more »

America’s Most Endangered Rivers to be Announced June 2

May 17th, 2010|Most Endangered Rivers

(Washington, DC) – American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, will release “America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2010 Edition” on June 2. The annual report spotlights the ten most imperiled rivers… Read more »

One year later, Ohio’s clean water benefits from stimulus spending

February 12th, 2010|Water Pollution

Washington, DC – Communities across Ohio are reaping the benefits of federal economic stimulus funds, one year after President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. American Rivers helped secure the $6 billion for clea… Read more »

Climate change causing many rivers worldwide to shrink

April 23rd, 2009|Climate Change

(Washington, DC) Many of the world’s rivers are losing water and in many cases, climate change is to blame, according to the findings of a new global study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The results, to be published May 15 in th… Read more »

Lower St. Croix River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

April 7th, 2009|Most Endangered Rivers, Wild and Scenic Rivers

Washington— The Wild and Scenic Lower St. Croix River, a hotspot for anglers and boaters and a rare natural retreat from urban life, could have its character destroyed if poorly planned development along the river continues. This threat landed th… Read more »

Stimulus funding can improve public health, clean water in Wisconsin

March 18th, 2009|Water Pollution

(Washington, DC) – Wisconsin is ready to take a big step forward into the 21st century.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) has made available $8 million in funding in the form of a set-aside for green infrastructure, and w… Read more »

Future of the Niobrara River, One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2008, Still Hangs in the Balance

December 11th, 2008|Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC — Eight months after American Rivers named the Niobrara River one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ for 2008, decisionmakers have yet to act to ensure that enough water remains in the river to protect the recreation… Read more »

New Report Helps Citizens Fight Stormwater Pollution in Their Communities

October 16th, 2008|Stormwater & Sewage, Water Pollution

Read the report  Washington, DC – Stormwater that dirty, oily runoff from streets and parking lots that contaminates local streams is a leading cause of water pollution in Ohio and around the country. Today, American Rivers and Midwest Environmental A… Read more »

American Rivers releases plan in the wake of Hurricane Ike

September 17th, 2008|Floods & Floodplains

Washington, DC –  With parts of Texas and the Midwest under water from the latest storms, today American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, released a plan,  “A 21st Century Approach to Flood Protection,” t… Read more »

Farmland Conservation Decision Boosts Natural Flood Protection

July 30th, 2008|Floods & Floodplains

Washington, DC – American Rivers praised Secretary Ed Schafer and the U.S. Department of Agriculture today for continuing to protect sensitive lands under the Conservation Reserve Program, a decision that will benefit natural flood protection, help sa… Read more »

American Rivers Responds to Disastrous Midwest Floods

June 16th, 2008|Floods & Floodplains

Washington, DC As flood waters continue to inundate Midwest communities, American Rivers today called on its activists and members across the country to support relief efforts. Rebecca Wodder, president of American Rivers, made the following statement:… Read more »

Congress Begins Process of Reforming the Corps

September 24th, 2007|Floods & Floodplains

WASHINGTON, DC – The Senate today passed the conference report for the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2007. The conference report passed the House on August 1, 2007. The bill will now be sent to the President, who has threatened to veto the… Read more »