A Win for the Mississippi River

After a devastating year for flooding on the Mississippi River, it’s good news to see a recent report by the “congressional watchdog” agency that makes long overdue recommendations on how the Corps of Engineers (the “Corps”) must follow current laws and protect the environment when it comes to building and maintaining structures that support navigation… Read more »

Flooding on the Mighty Mo: Lessons Re-learned

While the recent review by an independent panel (Review of the Regulation of the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System During the Flood of 2011) on how the Corps of Engineers handled the flooding along the Mighty Missouri River provides a good overview of the facts, it does not provide much in the way of new… Read more »

Law Center Names 3 Rivers Endangered

The Southern Environmental Law Center recently released their “Top Ten Endangered Places 2011.” These are scenic, ecologically significant natural areas in the Southeast that are imperiled due to poor decisions. Of the ten on the list, three are rivers. The abundance of migratory fish, which support recreational and commercial fishing, is at an all-time low…. Read more »

North Carolina’s Failing Falls Lake

I’ve been engaged over the past six months on the rules proposed for cleaning of a water supply for almost a million North Carolinians – Falls Lake.  It is the source of clean drinking water for the city of Raleigh and some of the surrounding towns in Wake County.  It was built by the US… Read more »

Removing a Dam to Restore the River

It’s the Year of the River, and talk of dam removal is happening in every region of the country. My opinion piece about restoring the Savannah River, a shared treasure of South Carolina and Georgia – by removing the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, was recently published in the Augusta Chronicle. It sparked a… Read more »

Southeast Regional Director receives award

Gerrit Jöbsis, the Southeast Regional Director for American Rivers, was honored last week with the 2011 Palmetto Trout Award from the South Carolina Council of Trout Unlimited for his contributions to the protection, restoration and preservation of trout and their watersheds in South Carolina. It is the highest award given by the Council.  After thirty… Read more »

Voices of Rivers

There are a lot of things I love about rivers and a lot of things I love to do on rivers but I think highest on my list is the extended river trip. For me, there is nothing like putting in at a location, preferably as close to the headwaters as possible, and paddling or… Read more »

Fishing with Dad

Fishing with my son at Green Cove Creek in Virginia | Steve White Like many of the people I fish with these days, I grew up fishing. My dad taught me about salt water fish when we lived in Florida and then about largemouth bass and trout when we moved to North Carolina.  While we… Read more »

Response to Duke Energy’s Statement on the Catawba River Coal Ash Ponds

It is our understanding that Duke Energy issued a preemptive statement on April 16, 2013 in anticipation of American Rivers’ designation of the Catawba River as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.  Rick Gaskins, Executive Director and Catawba Riverkeeper, provides a section-by-section response to Duke’s statement below in italics.  Duke Energy Statement: It’s disappointing that… Read more »

Wateree River Blue Trail

The Wateree River Blue Trail, near Camden, South Carolina, winds 75 miles to meet the Congaree River Blue Trail at Congaree National Park. The first section is dominated by rocky shoals and changes downstream with increasing sinuosity as it flows through floodplain forests. Its east bank is bordered by Manchester State Forest and Poinsett State… Read more »