An Interview With Distance Swimmer Matt Moseley

Help save the Colorado River by pledging to support Matt Moseley’s 47.5 distance swim through the Canyonlands! On July 20, Matt Moseley will take to the water to swim close to 50 miles of the Colorado River to raise support for America’s Most Endangered River. You can pledge to support the swim – all donations… Read more »

Saving the Central Sands

Today’s guest blog about the #4 Little Plover River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Bob Clarke with Friends of the Central Sands. Friends of the Central Sands (FOCS) works to promote a healthy Central Sands landscape through natural resource stewardship, community involvement, scientific knowledge, and advocacy. Take Action to… Read more »

The Mountains And Rivers In All Of Us

San Joaquin River headwater, CA | Evan Reimondo I’m a relatively recent transplant to California. I moved here from Flagstaff, Arizona to take my current position with American Rivers, but I brought with me a love for the mountains. I’d visited California’s mountains before, but to get a little more familiar with them, I’ve been… Read more »

Water Efficiency Guidelines for Water Supply Projects in the Southeast

Providing a clean and reliable water supply is of growing concern for many Southeastern communities, as well as communities across the United States. Among the available solutions, reservoirs, created by damming rivers to capture and store water, are often the first choice of water utilities. Water supply reservoirs are viewed as a quick fix, but… Read more »

Protecting Flow with the Clean Water Act

Science tells us that healthy rivers need water flows that follow natural patterns. These patterns are defined by the timing, magnitude, duration and frequency of rising and falling flow levels. The greater the departure from the natural flow regimen, the greater the impact to the river and its values. Explicit standards recognizing water flow as… Read more »

Broad River, SC: Restoring Flows, Fish and Flowers

Running through the heart of Columbia, the Broad River is flowing once again to the benefit of rare rocky shoals spider lilies, resident and migratory fish and water-based recreation.  For decades the Broad River was dewatered, receiving only leakage flow from the Columbia Diversion Dam.  Now healthy flows up to 11 times more than before… Read more »

The Permitting Process for Water Supply Reservoirs

The construction of water supply reservoir projects requires a Clean Water Act Section 404 permit for “the discharge of the dredged or fill material in waters of the U.S.” resulting from building the dam and control structures. EPA and the Corps of Engineers’ responsibility in the Section 404 permit process is to ensure that any… Read more »

The Clean Water Act: Flow Standards

Narrative standards are qualitative, broad statements that establish desired goals and outcomes.  Numeric standards logically follow the narrative and establish quantitative, measurable criteria through which goals and outcomes will be met. Numerous states have recognized the need for a narrative or numeric water quality standard for flow protection.  Four of six states in US Environmental… Read more »

Water Efficiency in North Carolina

North Carolina is at a crossroads. The combination of population growth and climate change will put increased stress on available water. Communities are scrambling to identify water supply solutions and, as documented in the Hidden Reservoir’s report, water efficiency is the quickest, cheapest way to assure reliable long term water supply.  Water Efficiency Policy The… Read more »