Sustainable Rivers Program - Sustainable Rivers is an ongoing national program to increase environmental benefits provided by Corps already built water resources projects. As of 2019, Sustainable Rivers involved work on 66 Corps reservoirs in 16 river systems and 5,083 river miles.
Des Moines River below Lake Red Rock, Iowa - A science-based process was used to define environmental flow targets for the Des Moines River. Water managers and reservoir operators are considering how to implement and incorporate those targets into operations (USACE photo).
Green River, Kentucky - Paddlers explore Green River below Green River Dam. The river is rich in biodiversity and provides excellent opportunities for people to enjoy nature as it flows past several downstream human communities, through Mammoth Cave National Park, and on to its confluence with the Ohio River (photo by John Hickey, USACE).
Roanoke River, North Carolina - The vast bottomland hardwood forest downstream of the John H. Kerr Dam on the Roanoke River. Improved environmental flows through the dam help maintain this critical floodplain forest (USACE photo).
Willamette River, Oregon - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates 13 reservoirs in the Willamette Basin. Considering all operating purposes in a way that maximizes benefits, including healthy aquatic and riparian ecosystems, is key to long-term sustainability (USACE photo).
Bill Williams River, Arizona - Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona. The Bill Williams River drains more than 5,200 square miles of rugged, mountainous terrain in west-central Arizona. It is the largest tributary of the Colorado River (in the background here) between the Virgin and Gila Rivers (photo by Greg Bedinger/LightHawk).