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 »

Making Progress Means Investing In Every Drop

Take Action to Protect theColorado River Tell Congress to make a plan to restore the flows on the Colorado River! Making progress means investing in every drop. Kudos to the City of San Diego who seems to be ready to rise to the challenge of restoring balance to its water usage and the realities of… Read more »

Cheoah River Flows Again

Cheoah River by Abby Rose Cantrell When the Tallassee Power Company (or TAPOCO) closed the gates on the Santeetlah Dam in 1928, North Carolina’s Cheoah River vanished. For nearly 75 years, the riverbed was almost completely dry. At the Santeetlah dam, the Cheoah’s entire flow disappeared into a steel pipe that cut though a mountain… Read more »

Drinking Water Infrastructure: Who Pays and How (And For What)

There is an increasingly urgent need for renewed investment in our communities’ water infrastructure. This need is driven by the unfortunate reality that for the many decades, funding to maintain water systems has fallen short of the cost of providing safe drinking water, sewage treatment and flood control. The result is decaying or outdated infrastructure… Read more »

April Showers Bring May…

This post is part of a blog series for Getting Climate Smart, a joint effort by NRDC and American Rivers to guide state action on climate and water preparedness. Please join us for a one-hour webinar on May 14 at 3pm EDT, where we’ll provide highlights from our new guide, and state officials from California… Read more »

Growing Algal Blooms Pose Public Health Risks

This post is part of a blog series for Getting Climate Smart, a joint effort by NRDC and American Rivers to guide state action on climate and water preparedness. This guest post is by Ben Chou, policy analyst at NRDC, as part of a blog series for Getting Climate Smart, a joint effort by NRDC… Read more »