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Life on the Upper Mississippi in 2019

Climate Change & Rivers, Floods & Floodplains, Most Endangered Rivers, Protecting Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers
Minutes before the levee broke in Davenport, I was skipping through floodwaters that were backing up via one of the cities many storm sewers. Looking out beyond the temporary levee, I was thinking, “man, this looks bad.” As I drove away, up the hill and away from River Drive,... Read More

Landmark Agreement Addresses Colorado River Basin Supply

Climate Change & Rivers, Conserving Clean Water, Protecting Rivers, Water Supply
The House of Representatives and the Senate approved the seven-basin state’s Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) and President Trump has now signed the bill into law.... Read More

An Important Step for the Colorado River

Conserving Clean Water, Protecting Rivers, Water Supply
While not a silver bullet, efforts to pass the DCPs in both the Upper and Lower Basins is truly something to celebrate as we work towards better management of the Colorado River well into the future. ... Read More

We Are Rivers Episode 16: The Power of a Story

Discover Rivers, Protecting Rivers, Water Supply
For this episode of We Are Rivers, we take a break from understanding the policies that manage and protect our rivers to focus on why it is we care about protecting rivers in the first place.... Read More

Courts agree: The EPA can’t ignore threats to water quality from polluted stormwater.

Conserving Clean Water, Protecting Rivers, Stormwater and Sewage, Uncategorized
Going forward, we have the responsibility of making sure that the EPA, its regional administrators, and state agency partners respond diligently, and commit to meaningful measures to reduce stormwater from large commercial, industrial and institutional properties that discharge harmful pollutants to our waters.  ... Read More

Working Together to Keep Georgia’s Flint River Flowing

Climate Change & Rivers, Most Endangered Rivers, Protecting Rivers, Water Supply
Since 2013, American Rivers has convened the Upper Flint River Working Group, a voluntary collaborative of diverse partners who share a vision to maintain a river system healthy enough to support the social, ecological, recreational and economic benefits the upper Flint River system provides.... Read More

Making room for floods in the Midwest

In the coming weeks and months, the communities and landowners across the Midwest will want to act as quickly as possible to get back on their feet. A key step will be deciding whether to rebuild back the way things were, or to choose new options that could make... Read More