Marisa Escudero

People Over Pipelines & Fracked Gas

People Over Pipelines & Fracked Gas

Written by Maya van Rossum, Delaware Riverkeeper Network Interstate fracked gas pipelines are cutting through people’s lives at an increasing rate.  The onslaught of shale gas extraction happening in Pennsylvania and other shale bearing states is resulting in an explosion of interstate fracked gas pipelines that are cutting through our front yards, our back yards, our farms, our forests, our creek ...[Read More]

Water Bill Wastes Billions

Originally Published by Taxpayers for Common Sense, September 9, 2016 Weekly Wastebasket Volume: XXI No. 36 Written by Steve Ellis, Taxpayers for Common Sense Taxpayer alert: Be prepared to shell out some more cash for big water projects, courtesy of the U.S. Senate. A few months ago, we wrote about the big U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water projects bill introduced in the Senate (Water Bill Redux ...[Read More]

Historic Florida, Georgia water war decisions will impact entire nation

Historic Florida, Georgia water war decisions will impact entire nation

By Dan Tonsmeire, Apalachicola Riverkeeper A vital piece of Florida’s economy and livelihoods are hinging on historic actions this year by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Supreme Court of the United States. It’s a continuation of the Florida-Georgia water war — one that’s been going on for decades. But this year matters more than any other; the Supreme Court and the Corps will set precede ...[Read More]

Five Birds that Benefit from Living Shorelines

Living shorelines encompass a range of shoreline stabilization techniques along estuarine coasts, bays, sheltered coastlines, and tributaries.

By Marisa Escudero, Water Resources Manager, NWF Think of your last visit to the shore. Can you remember the smell of the ocean, the breeze in the air? What’s missing? The birds. It’s hard to imagine these serene paradises without wildlife, especially the harmonious calls from our feathered friends. However, man-made erosion structures built to protect shorelines, such as seawalls and bulkheads, t ...[Read More]

Help Save Superman’s Home!

Help Save Superman’s Home!

By Marisa Escudero, Water Resources Manager, National Wildlife Federation The New Madrid Levee Project is a proposal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a new 60 foot high, quarter mile long levee and two huge pumping plants along the Mississippi River in southeast Missouri. This project will destroy this rare river-floodplain connection, threaten the safety of low-income river communitie ...[Read More]

Comprehensive Flood Risk Management for the Upper Mississippi?

Comprehensive Flood Risk Management for the Upper Mississippi?

By Olivia Dorothy, American Rivers In August, the Mississippi River Commission will be conducting their low water inspection on the Upper Mississippi River and on August 11 will be holding an invitation-only roundtable to discuss flood risk management on the Upper Mississippi River. Anyone who works on the Upper Mississippi River might ask, “Wait, didn’t we do a comprehensive flood risk management ...[Read More]

Restoring Floodplains…With Science!

Restoring Floodplains…With Science!

Written by Eileen Shader, American Rivers Floodplains are an integral part of healthy rivers, while floods are a natural occurrence on rivers. These simple facts can be hard to accept when floods cause damage to people and property every year. But as Gilbert White, a geographer known as the father of floodplain management once said: “Floods are ‘acts of god’, but flood losses are largely acts of m ...[Read More]

Protecting People and Wildlife

Protecting People and Wildlife

By Melissa Samet, Senior Water Resources Counsel, National Wildlife Federation While operations and maintenance (or O&M) might not sound like something to be concerned about, it absolutely is.  O&M carried out by the Army Corps of Engineers to maintain navigation on the Mississippi River causes enormous environmental harm and increases flood risks for river communities. O&M on the 1,20 ...[Read More]

Fargo Moorhead Diversion: Planners Fail to Meet State Permitting Requirements

Fargo Moorhead Diversion: Planners Fail to Meet State Permitting Requirements

By Rae Ann Kelsch North Dakota officials have told planners for the proposed Fargo Moorhead Diversion that they have not met state permitting requirements.   The diversion project is designed to provide flood protection for the cities of Fargo and Moorhead as well as remove 50 square miles from the natural floodplain for future development.   A 36-mile long diversion channel along with a dam on th ...[Read More]

How Kayaking Saved the Los Angeles River

How Kayaking Saved the Los Angeles River

Take a look at this fantastic article, How Kayaking Saved the Los Angeles River, written by Hayden Coplen, detailing the plight of opening the Los Angeles River for public use. The article will interest our WPNetwork members as it touches on how the Clean Water Rule and Army Corps of Engineers policies helped shape this story.     “The L.A. River is an enigma, sitting in plain view ...[Read More]