Water Protection Network

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]

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]

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 Protection Standards One Year Later

Federal Flood Protection Standards One Year Later

Originally Published by Natural Resources Defense Council, February 16, 2016 By Rob Moore One year ago, President Obama issued a directive to all federal agencies to begin preparing for sea level rise and the increasing risk of flooding caused by climate change. The directive established new federal flood protection standards that will go a long way towards making the nation more resilient. One ye ...[Read More]

The WCI Protests Too Much…Methinks

The WCI Protests Too Much…Methinks

Originally Published by Missouri Coalition for the Environment, February 1, 2016 By Brad Walker, Rivers Director                                                                       In late December 2015 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published an op-ed by the Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) and Sierra Club regarding the America’s Watershed Initiative’s (AWI) Mississippi River Basin Rep ...[Read More]

Support Agency Implementation of Executive Order 13690 and the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard

Support Agency Implementation of Executive Order 13690 and the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard

Special Thanks to Joel Scata with Natural Resources Defense Council for this great summary on how YOU can continue to help implement the Federal Flood Risk Management Standards. In January 2015, President Obama issued Executive Order 13690 (EO 13690), updating federal policy concerning floodplain development and establishing the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (standard).  EO 13690 reemphas ...[Read More]

Top 5 Reasons Nature-Based Solutions Help Protect Wildlife and You

Top 5 Reasons Nature-Based Solutions Help Protect Wildlife and You

By Marisa Escudero, Water Resources Manager, National Wildlife Federation “Top 5 Reasons Nature-Based Solutions Help Protect Wildlife and You” Healthy rivers, coasts, and wetlands solve water resources problems with nature-based solutions. These approaches rely heavily on ecosystem services to help safeguard wildlife, your community, and you! Ecosystem services include clean water, habitat for fis ...[Read More]