Floodplains

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]

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]

Déjà Crue, all over again

Déjà Crue, all over again

By Brad Walker, Missouri Coalition for the Environment – Rivers Director                                                                       Here we go again; another major Midwest flood and lots of earnest questions about why it happened, who’s to blame, how we can fix it, etc., etc., etc. Comparison of the Missouri, Mississippi and Meramec Rivers water volumes – December 19th ...[Read More]

Federal Flood Risk Management Standards Updated Just in Time for Record-breaking Winter Floods

Federal Flood Risk Management Standards Updated Just in Time for Record-breaking Winter Floods

By Marisa Escudero, Water Resources Manager, National Wildlife Federation Winter 2016 has been a wet one for many of our WPNetwork Members. Major flooding on the Mississippi River and its tributaries prompted flood warnings for parts of Alabama, Arkansas, the Carolinas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. At least 22 deaths over several days in Mis ...[Read More]