Tag Archive 'floodplains'

Large-river fish like paddlefish and blue catfish are in danger.  A University of Wisconsin-Madison study in journal Frontiers in Ecology and Environment says 60 out of 68 species, or 88 percent, of fish species found exclusively in large-river ecosystems like the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio rivers, are a conservation concern. Despite these grim statistics, lead […]

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This spring a 45-foot swing in water levels took the Mississippi River from near-dry in places, to near-historic crests in just a few months.  Two years ago, floodplain managers were advocating for policy change on the Mississippi River. But that change is slow. “We need some retreat from our rivers,” said Larry Larson, executive director […]

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Discovery News recently reported that due to drought conditions, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers warned that the Mississippi River could become unnavigable by mid January. However, efforts by the USACE to blast away rocks have bought more time for barge shipping, according to a press release from the American Waterways Operators (AWO) and Waterways […]

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The Connecticut River Watershed Council and the Conservation Law Foundation have joined together to look at why Otter Creek in Rutland leapt up as Irene Struck, increasing in flow by nearly 20 times in the space of a little more than a day, while downstream in Middlebury the river rose much more gradually, and more […]

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Another good reason for protecting the health of natural flood plains is the high cost of flooding. The New York Times reports that when the Army Corps of Engineers declared last year that the levees in certain places, like East St. Louis, Ill. were ‘unacceptable,’ the rating kicked up a storm of protest along the […]

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Back to Nature – News from the BBC

Reconnecting floodplains to rivers will help reduce the risk of future flooding, say U.S. scientists. Writing in Science, the researchers say that risk of flooding is likely to increase in the future as a result of climate change and shifts in land use. Floodwalls, levees and other channel hardening exacerbate flooding. The authors’ note: “Control […]

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