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Moving People out of Floodplains to Protect Them and Wildlife

3/22/2012 // By Bryn Fluharty

Rising Water At first the rains come as a light drizzle, tapping out a soothing melody on rooftops and windowpanes. Soon the tempo quickens to a loud drum beat of impending danger. As the rain falls harder and harder the […] Read more >

Comparison of fish at the same age, reared in the main river channel (left) and reared in the floodplain (right). Source: Jeffres et al., 2008

Puget Sound’s Vanishing Salmon

3/20/2012 // By NWF

In the Pacific Northwest, we are blessed with the kinds of surroundings that most people just read about in the glossy pages of magazines. Accordingly, we want to build homes and businesses as close to that natural beauty as we can get – often, in floodplains. Unfortunately, in doing so, we destroy the natural systems that sustain this essential ecosystem. Read more >

Climate Capsule: Pipelines, Plug-ins, & Public Comments on Pollution

7/19/2011 // By Amanda Stone

This week’s stories: Highlight of the Week: NWF Reminds House, Pipelines Dangerous Quote: Bill McKibben Economic Story of the Week: Plug it In Editorial of the Week: The Risks of the Keystone XL Pipeline Shelter from the Storms Coalition Drops […] Read more >

Calling for a SmarterSafer National Flood Insurance Program

6/23/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

As we begin to assess the damage from some of the most severe flooding since 1927, it is critical that Congress not miss this opportunity to substantially reform the NFIP [National Flood Insurance Program ]to better protect people, property and […] Read more >

Extreme flooding near Nashville, Tennessee in May 2010.

Closing the Floodgates: Reforming the National Flood Insurance Program

4/6/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was designed to protect homeowners, but it’s putting their safety and the environment at risk. Unfortunately, the federal program encourages construction in environmentally sensitive areas. It’s also drowning in over $17 billion in debt […] Read more >