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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]

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]

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]

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]

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]