The First Broad River, NC will continue to run free! | © Peter Raabe I am excited to share a great victory for rivers with you: the proposed impoundment on the First Broad River in North Carolina has been sent back to the drawing board! The water autho… Read more »
Peter leads American Rivers’ work in North Carolina focusing on state level policy. Some of the biggest natural challenges facing the state in the coming decades will be in the areas of water quality and quantity. His work advocates for more natural solutions to manage polluted stormwater run-off and using the limited clean water available in the state in the most efficient way practicable. Additionally, he leads American River’s federal budget work in Washington D.C., advocating for adequate federal investment in our river resources.
Peter joined American Rivers in September 2001. He started as the River Restoration Finance Associate, developing and coordinating American River’s river restoration granting program. In 2002, he took on responsibilities for coordinating and advocating for American Rivers federal appropriations priorities. In 2004, he was chosen as one of the chairs of the environmental community’s Budget and Appropriations Committee.
Previously, he worked for River Network in Washington, D.C. focusing on organizational development and policy coordination of watershed groups throughout the country. Peter also brings with him experience as a staffer in the U.S. Senate, organizing experience with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and experience as a Democratic Committeeman for the Democratic Party of the City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
B.A. in American Government and Environmental Studies specializing in watershed protection from Franklin and Marshall CollegeThe Mississippi River, near the mouth of the river
Blog Posts By This Author
The Dan River’s banks are coated with coal ash and the river runs dark grey a day after the spill began. | Source: Appalachian Voices The Dan River in North Carolina is the latest river to be devastated by a massive coal ash spill. Duke Energy’s shutte… Read more »
The Piedmont Triad Green Roof Symposium was a great start to develop more green roofs to curb stormwater runoff in North Carolina. Sitting in the foothills of North Carolina, the Triad- Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and High Point- has been reinventing it… Read more »
Lassiter Mill dam removal, Uwharrie River, NC | © USFWS This summer American Rivers’ completed the removal of Lassiter Mill Dam on the Uwharrie River. The removal of this grist mill dam dating back to 1805 will have an incredible benefit to… Read more »
The Lassiter Mill Dam removal would never have happened without the collaboration between all our project partners | © United States Fish & Wildlife Service This week we took another step in restoring the rivers of North Carolina by removing the La… Read more »
Little River, NC | American Rivers The Little River (just north of Raleigh, NC) will continue to be a free flowing river for the foreseeable future. The City of Raleigh will look to its current drinking water source- Falls Lake – and determine if addit… Read more »
UPDATE 7-3-12 4 PM — Unfortunately, the environmentalist in the NC House were not able to sustain the veto the Governor issued over the weekend. As RandomAction notes, it appears that the deciding vote was an erroneous vote by a Representative from Ch… Read more »
North Carolina is the latest state to look at allowing development of its shale gas deposits using hydrologic fracturing (or fracking). On the American Rivers blog, we have previously discussed the hazards to our rivers and clean water supplies that fr… Read more »
Guest blog post by Jessie Allen, American Rivers’ volunteer NC Research Associate Green infrastructure practices are gaining popularity as more cities and towns begin to look for innovative ways to effectively manage stormwater. The benefits of green i… Read more »
North Carolina has a stormwater problem. It is a great place to live and because of that a lot of people have moved here creating a lot of development. That development happened with very little regard for water quality. Many of the rivers are polluted… Read more »