Michael Reuter

Michael Reuter , The Nature Conservancy’s Director of Freshwater for North America, has focused his career on the management of large freshwater systems for both people and nature. He has been especially interested in ways to improve decision-making in these complex and economically important systems by involving the people and companies who depend on them for drinking water, production of food and fiber and energy, flood management, transportation, and recreation. Reuter's Midwest background has also shaped his interests and expertise in the area of sustainable agriculture, especially with regard to large commodity crops such as corn, soy, wheat and cotton. Follow Michael on Twitter @michaelareuter.

Michael's Posts

Por Favor, Brasil: Keep Debating, and You Can Change the World

January 30th, 2014

Food. Water. Energy. All this situated within some of the most beautiful, productive and diverse ecosystems on the planet. That's Brazil. And who can make the decisions to integrate all these needs and make wise decisions to shape the world? Brazilians, of course. More

No Dream Too Big for China’s Mother River

December 3rd, 2013

With colossal dams interrupting the Yangtze River, it's easy to say the river is gone. But large rivers are more resilient than that and what we do now will be invaluable for the many rivers around the world facing their own uncertain futures. More

The Right Stuff for U.S. Water Resources

September 16th, 2013

George C. Grugett helped bring forth the "room for our rivers" approach to managing our water resources -- and it's one that should be used more often. More

Amid Midwest Flooding, a Call for New Solutions

April 25th, 2013

The current flooding of the Illinois River is a stark reminder that we need to stop being reactive and start being proactive when it comes to investing in flood management. More

Teamwork Necessary to Manage the Floods of the Future

June 10th, 2011

Thousands of lives and billions of dollars in infrastructure were spared during this year's record floods along the Mississippi. But are we prepared for the more severe floods of the future? More

Making the Mississippi Sustainable in the 21st Century

January 28th, 2010

Managing the Mississippi River for people and nature presents enormous challenges -- and smarter conservation can play a huge role, says the Conservancy's Michael Reuter. More

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