I Kayaked the Part of the Los Angeles River That Actually Looks Like a River

It was 90 degrees at 10:00 a.m. when I stepped off the Orange Line in the LA neighborhood of Van Nuys. A perfect day for the beach, or for the pool, or for positioning yourself directly beneath those little misters you can find at finer restaurants in the Valley. But I was about to embark upon a very different Los… »8/24/15 6:30pm8/24/15 6:30pm

An Acid-Spilling Mine Turned This Colorado River Bright Orange

This time of year kayaks and inner tubes crowd the crystal-clear waters of the Animas River, which flows through the western Colorado city of Durango. Last night, the river was quickly abandoned as one million gallons of wastewater seeping from a local mine slowly trickled downstream, eventually coloring the entire… »8/07/15 1:40pm8/07/15 1:40pm

Video: Kayaking down waterfalls is just pure crazy

I don’t know if this is kayaking or more like plummeting water torture punishment. Because though I see a kayak and a paddle and a human, the first person GoPro footage is just pure chaos that alternates between your worst nightmares of drowning and your worst nightmares of falling. I’m sure these guys are talented… »6/04/15 10:33pm6/04/15 10:33pm

Tiny Changes in Earth's Gravity Can Help Predict Floods Months Away

When the Missouri River spilled over its banks in a catastrophic 2011 flood, we could have seen it coming—from space, that is. There's more to the story than meets the eye: the satellites don't take photos of snowpacks or rivers, but rather, they detect tiny changes in gravity over the Earth's surface to track water. »7/08/14 3:00pm7/08/14 3:00pm

A Self-Driving Mini Cooper Submarine for Commuting on the L.A. River

You're late for a meeting in downtown Los Angeles and you're still all the way over in Burbank—13 miles and 45 stop-and-go minutes away by freeway. Instead, you walk a few blocks to the Los Angeles River, where you board a stylish pod-like watercraft. Soon, you're zipping down the river channel, faster than any… »11/14/13 1:40pm11/14/13 1:40pm

This Barge Fleet Keeps the Mighty Mississippi in Check and on Course

For as much as we rely on the Mississippi River for trade, transportation, and agricultural irrigation, the world's third-largest tributary system has only recently been tamed. One multiple occasions, the mighty Mississippi has overflown its banks, flooding into the surrounding valley, destroying property and lives. »10/25/13 11:31am10/25/13 11:31am