North Carolina Fracking Fracas

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 fracking poses. Most recently, we highlighted the concerns surrounding natural gas development with the inclusion… Read more »

Smooth Driving on Green Streets

Today I’m attending the Green Streets Green Jobs forum in Silver Spring, MD. I’m speaking on a panel before lunch about partnerships and funding opportunities, where I’ll be focusing on opportunities for green funding through the EPA’s State Revolving Fund (SRF) program. For the past several years American Rivers has been working very hard to… Read more »

Turning Ripples Into Waves on the Black Warrior

American Rivers has had some great partners for our America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ program this year. Our listings can help shake things up and garner attention for rivers that people across the country may never otherwise hear about. A great example of this action is happening for the Black Warrior River in Alabama (#8 Most Endangered River of… Read more »

Two NC Dam Removals, Two Days

American Rivers and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW) worked together to remove two dams in just two days this week in Montgomery County, North Carolina. The projects will benefit a number of rare, high priority fish and mussel species by restoring river habitat and allowing fish to move over 175 miles upstream. See… Read more »

The Last Wild River

Yampa River, CO at Dinosaur National Monument | Chris M. Morris A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to fly in a helicopter over the Yampa River, the last wild river in the Colorado River Basin courtesy of LightHawk; a fantastic organization that works with volunteer pilots to fly over priority conservation areas…. Read more »

Congaree River Blue Trail

American Rivers has been instrumental in assuring enhanced stream flows to support recreation and habitat for fish and wildlife as part of a new federal licensing for upstream dams. There is much to explore along the Congaree River. Starting near Columbia, the 50 mile Blue Trail offers opportunities to experience the area’s rich history and… 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 »

Dam Removals

North Carolina Dam Removals The past year has seen a great expansion of free flowing river miles in North Carolina. As part of a partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Piedmont Conservation Council, four dams have been removed on tributaries of the Pee Dee River and one more dam removal is… Read more »