habitat protection

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]

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]

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]