VIDEO: Improving hydropower dams benefits rivers

Dams hurt rivers. They block a river’s flow and harm water quality, fish and wildlife, and recreational opportunities. In some cases where a dam is outdated, unsafe, or has outlived its usefulness, American Rivers advocates for dam removal. But in many cases, keeping a working hydropower dam in place makes sense. And with some upgrades… Read more »

Waccamaw River Blue Trail: Enhancing Ecotourism Along The Grand Strand

New kayak launches, directional and interpretive signs, along with picnic tables and gardens make the Waccamaw River Blue Trail a great place to recreate | © Charles Slate It’s a really exciting time for our work along the Waccamaw! In recent months we’ve partnered with a local chamber of commerce to promote ecotourism and build… Read more »

Haw River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014: Haw River North Carolina Threat: Polluted runoff At Risk: Clean water and public health Haw River, NC | © Donald Lee Pardue The Haw River is an important resource for more than a million people providing drinking water and recreation in central North Carolina. Unfortunately, rollbacks of rules designed… Read more »

Settlement secures key protections for Catawba-Wateree rivers, ends legal stalemate

Columbia, S.C. – American Rivers, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League announced a settlement agreement with Duke Energy and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control that includes important protections for the Catawba and Wateree rivers and imperiled fish and wildlife. The agreement ends a legal stalemate over… Read more »

New Bill Could Save the Edisto River

Today we have a guest blog update on one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014, the South Fork Edisto River in South Carolina. Legislators in South Carolina have introduced legislation that would end the exemption for large agricultural water withdrawals through state permitting. Below are the comments made by a partner of American Rivers, Doug… Read more »

Lower Mississippi River Resource Assessment

Mississippi River at New Orleans | Olivia Dorothy Last month, the US Army Corps of Engineers released a draft report that evaluates community and ecosystem needs along the Lower Mississippi River (the river south of the Ohio River confluence) and is soliciting comments from the public until June 1. Billed as the first step towards… Read more »

The Flint River

Georgia’s Flint River provides water for over one million people, 10,000 farms, unique wildlife, and 300 miles of exceptional fishing and paddling. Despite being in a historically wet area of the country, portions of the Flint River system have run dry in recent droughts, and even in rainy years, flows in the Flint and many… Read more »

Catawba River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named the Carolinas’ Catawba River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013 today, shining a national spotlight on the riverside coal ash ponds currently leaking pollution and threatening water quality, human health, and local fish populations. American Rivers and its partners are calling on the North Carolina Department of Environment and… Read more »

EPA Takes Next Step to Veto Yazoo Pumps

Washington, DC — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken the next step towards killing the disastrous Yazoo Pumps project, which would use $220 million federal tax dollars to drain more than 300 square miles of wetlands in Mississippi; an area equal to the size of New York City, including all 5 boroughs. The EPA… Read more »

American Rivers to Present at the Southeastern Water Trails Forum in Chattanooga

Washington– Two American Rivers’ staff members will present on the connection between blue trails, the water equivalent of hiking trails, and land protection during the Southeastern Water Trails Forum.  Matt Rice, Associate Director of Southeast Conservation, and Staci Williams, Waccamaw River Blue Trail Organizer, will present on October 29th from 3:15-4:45 at the Chattanooga Marriot…. Read more »