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The Mississippi River. Brought to you by…

The Mississippi River.  Brought to you by…

By Olivia Dorothy, American Rivers This summer, President Trump began unveiling his infrastructure plan. His proposal appears to rely heavily on privatizing transportation sectors, like turning over air traffic control to private companies and leveraging private dollars, like tolls, municipal bonds, and other user fees, to finance the projects.  What does this mean for rivers?  A river, by its nat ...[Read More]

Protecting a National Treasure

Apalachicola Bay; Photo Credit -- Matthew Godwin

By Melissa Samet, National Wildlife Federation Pictured Above: Apalachicola Bay Photo Credit: Matthew Godwin The Apalachicola River and its floodplain form an incredibly rich and diverse system of exceptional ecological importance. The river is home to more than 131 species of fresh and estuarine fish, the largest array in any Florida river. The Apalachicola drainage basin sustains vast numbers of ...[Read More]

New Approach, Same Goal: A Clean and Resilient River

New Approach, Same Goal: A Clean and Resilient River

Originally Posted on March 21, 2017, 2:17 pm, by Mark Muller, under Mississippi River. McKnight is proud of its 25-year history of commitment to the Mississippi River. The river has a unique and extensive impact on the economic and social fabric of Minnesota, the Midwest, and river communities down to the coast of Louisiana. We know that McKnight grantees have made a difference and improved the qu ...[Read More]

More than 50,000 Acres of Wetlands Protected from Destructive Project

Water Protection Network and Partners Stop the New Madrid Levee! By Kim Knowles, Praire Rivers Network Great news regarding the New Madrid levee project! In a valiant final act to protect both people and wildlife, the Obama Administration issued a decision making it nearly impossible for the Army Corps of Engineers to build the New Madrid Levee.   Water Protection Network member Prairie River ...[Read More]

The Troubling Double-Standards on Our Rivers

By Brad Walker, Rivers Director, Missouri Coalition for the Environment After a century of recklessly damaging our rivers — far too often for little public benefit, one would hope that we would have learned some lessons. One of them should be that we would make it easier to restore our rivers than it is to further damage them. The committee structure intended to provide specific recommendations on ...[Read More]

FREE Webinar: From Authorization to Decommission — The Lifespan of an Army Corps Project

FREE Webinar: From Authorization to Decommission — The Lifespan of an Army Corps Project

Join us Monday, December 12th at 3PM EST for our last WPNetwork Webinar for 2016. Michael Hensley from The Nature Conservancy, Eileen Shader from American Rivers, and Mitch Reid from Alabama Rivers Alliance will provide an informative session on the process Corps projects take from start to finish. The webinar will highlight specific case studies of existing and decommission projects. Who: This we ...[Read More]

It’s Time for the Corps to Go Back to the Drawing Board on the ACF

It’s Time for the Corps to Go Back to the Drawing Board on the ACF

Written by Mitch Reid, Alabama Rivers Alliance, and Dan Tonsmeire, Apalachicola Riverkeeper The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the nation’s primary river managers, and its actions have profound effects on the nation’s rivers, coasts, and wetlands. It is also a controversial federal agency. Over the past 200 years, the Corps has dredged more than 15,000 miles of rivers for navigation and im ...[Read More]

Learning from the Lives Along the River

Learning from the Lives Along the River

Originally Published by The McKnight Foundation, November 10, 2016 Written by Mark Muller, Mississippi River Program Director Given the intense election coverage of the past few months, you would be forgiven if you missed the news of some big environmental catastrophes. Several weeks ago, Cedar Rapids endured a massive flood. In the month prior, flooding in Baton Rouge caused the area’s largest na ...[Read More]