Positive News for Nation’s #2 Most Endangered River

Atlanta — In a positive move for the Flint River, named the second Most Endangered River in the nation by American Rivers in April because of the threat of new dams, the National Fish Habitat Action Plan today designated the Flint as one of ten “Waters to Watch”. The designation could bring funding for key… Read more »

Dams, Fish and Mussels, oh my! Sampling the Uwharrie River, NC

A recent field trip to the Uwharrie River in North Carolina reminded me of the incredible biological diversity of Southeastern rivers. The Southeast is home to almost 2/3 of all the freshwater fish species in North America, and over 90% of the freshwater mussels. Yet much of this diversity is being lost at a frightening… Read more »

How Much Water Does North Carolina Have?

Late last week Governor Bev Perdue signed House Bill 1743- River Basin Modeling into state law in North Carolina.  This is a critical step forward in determining how we manage water here in NC.  The bill requires that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) develops models for each of the 17 major river basins in NC.  These… Read more »

National River Cleanup® Year in Review: 5 Ws of 2011

Last year American Rivers celebrated the 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup.  The 5 Ws below highlight the remarkable achievements of 2011:   Who: 85,000 cleanup organizers, volunteers, employees, students and fellow river-lovers all over the country teamed up to restore waterways. What: Collected over 3 million pounds of trash from 37,500 river miles.  That is… Read more »

Paddling With Mayor Steve Benjamin

Recently I had the opportunity to go on a paddle trip with Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin and over two dozen young African-American professionals.  The paddle trip was a part of Mayor Benjamin’s Talented Tenth Conference. The purpose of the conference was to show young educated African American’s that Columbia has a high quality of… Read more »

The Mad Hatter Resides at ORSANCO

A proposal change to water quality standards for the Ohio River could result in eight states permitting the discharge of greater amounts of mercury into the river. Mercury earned the nickname “mad hatter” because hat makers exposed to the toxin suffered neurologic damage. Today, the pollutant is emitted by coal fired power plants which allow… Read more »

Clean Water Supplies Through Green Infrastructure

Most Americans get their drinking water from rivers and streams | Katherine Baer Here, where I live in North Carolina, our drinking water comes from streams and rivers, like Cane Creek, and Bolin Creek, right near our house flows into Lake Jordan, a regional water supply. And this is true for many of us –… Read more »

Hearing to Protect Birmingham’s Drinking Water

Proposed coal mine along the Black Warrior River, AL | © Nelson Brooke In April, American Rivers named the Black Warrior River one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® due to the threat of coal mining. A hearing on a proposal to declare a Black Warrior tributary as unsuitable for mining is coming up in July,… Read more »