62 Dams Removed to Restore Rivers in 2012

Washington, DC – Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 62 dams in 2012, American Rivers announced today. Outdated or unsafe dams came out of rivers in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania,… Read more »

American Rivers and Partners Celebrate Congaree River Blue Trail National Recreation Trail Designation with Ceremonial Paddle

Congaree River Blue Trail guide available online at http://congareeriverbluetrail.blogspot.com/ Columbia, S.C. — American Rivers and its Congaree River Blue Trail partners hosted a celebration today marking the one year anniversary of the dedication of the Congaree River Blue Trail and its recent designation as a National Recreation Trail. The celebration consisted of a ceremonial paddle… Read more »

From Drought to Deluge: American Rivers responds to extreme Southeast weather

Atlanta – Floodwaters overwhelmed parts of the Southeast this week, killing eight people and destroying property throughout the region. The floods came as the region was getting over a historic two-year drought. American Rivers urged officials to act swiftly to help the flood victims and released a set of broad recommendations to help protect communities… Read more »

American Rivers Kicks Off 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup(TM)

Washington, DC — American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for healthy rivers and clean water, today announced the kickoff of National River Cleanup™, now in its 20th year. The program, which mobilizes hundreds of thousands of volunteers to pick up trash from rivers nationwide, is poised for its most successful year to date. Millions of… Read more »

Kershaw County, SC’s river protections are a national model

Columbia, SC – American Rivers today applauded Kershaw County for taking bold steps to protect its clean water, calling the county’s new package of zoning rules a model for other counties nationwide. On February 23, the Kershaw County Council voted unanimously to pass a new package of zoning and land development regulations. An ordinance is… Read more »

A Visit To Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail

Last week, my colleagues and I met with our partners on the Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail in Rockingham, North Carolina. Until recently, a dam degraded Hitchcock Creek and blocked migrating fish from spawning habitat and prevented the community from safely enjoying their river through boating and fishing. With American Rivers’ help, the community removed this… Read more »

Explore the America’s Rivers through “River Stories”

See The Stories Take a virtual tour down America’s rivers! Ever wonder what it’s like to travel down some of America’s most scenic rivers? American Rivers, the National Park Service, and local conservation and recreation groups across the country have teamed up to create, “River Stories.” Powered by National Geographic Maps GeoStories, “River Stories” uses… Read more »

North Carolina – Opening the Door to Green Infrastructure

On the last day of June NC Governor Beverly Perdue signed into law a bill that will begin the process of cleaning up the popular Jordan Lake in the Research Triangle area of NC.  The lake was in trouble from day one with predictions of high pollution levels if the US Army Corps of Engineers… Read more »

Proposed Canal on the Waccamaw Just Doesn’t Make Sense

Last week I attended a public meeting hosted by the Army Corp of Engineers where they discussed one of their recent reports concerning a possible canal on the Waccamaw River to reduce flooding.   The study concluded that the cost, both economic and environmental, would make such a canal unrealistic. Though I sympathize with the landowners… Read more »