7000 Reasons to Remove a Small, Outdated Dam

The Lassiter Mill Dam removal would never have happened without the collaboration between all our project partners | © United States Fish & Wildlife Service This week we took another step in restoring the rivers of North Carolina by removing the Lassiter Mill Dam on the Uwharrie River. This project, which American Rivers has actively supported… Read more »

East Coast Dam Removals Continue To Open Up Blocked Rivers

American Rivers is playing a significant role in dam removal projects up and down the east coast. In 2013 alone, we removed over 40 dams in the United States. In the Northeast restoration is underway on the Penobscot River, the Mid-Atlantic is seeing the return of American shad on the Patapsco River, and the Southeast… Read more »

A Southeastern Gem: The Ashley River Blue Trail

This is a guest blog from Howard Bridgman. American Rivers and a diverse group of local partners are developing a Blue Trail for the Ashley River in South Carolina. Guest blogger, Howard Bridgman, former Summerville Town Council member and founding member of the Ashley Scenic River Advisory Council, writes about our work to connect local… Read more »

State Court Ruling Clarifies All Georgia Waters Protected by Buffers

Wetlands | Nicholas Tonelli Atlanta, Ga. —The Georgia Court of Appeals sided with conservation groups yesterday and ruled that all state waters are protected under Georgia law by a 25-foot vegetative buffer. The decision overrules the Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s (EPD) policy that only some state waters are protected by the Erosion and Sedimentation Act’s buffer… Read more »

Georgia’s Unique Native Riverine Sport Fish

This is a guest blog by Gordon Rogers, Riverkeeper and Executive Director at Flint Riverkeeper in Georgia, and an avid shoal bass fisherman. Quint Rogers with a shoalie | Gordon Rogers Georgia is not the only place you can catch shoal bass (Micropterus cataractae) in the world, but it is the best place and the… Read more »

Recollections of the River

Today’s guest blog is a part of the America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series highlighting the Harpeth River in Tennessee. In August 2003, John Guider walked out the back door of his home in Franklin, Tennessee, and placed a canoe in the creek behind his house. Three months later, he had paddled all the way to… Read more »

“Blue Trail” to be created on the Waccamaw River

Thanks to a generous grant from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, American Rivers, along with its partners, Winyah Rivers Foundation’s Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER®, and the Pee Dee Land Trust, will begin work in Horry and Georgetown Counties to create a blue trail on the Waccamaw River. The goals of this three year project are to… Read more »

America’s “Founding Fish” To Return To Yadkin-Pee Dee

Columbia, SC For the first time in nearly a century, American shad and American eel will return to their historic habitat on the Yadkin-Pee Dee River, thanks to a fish passage agreement negotiated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and Progress Energy and agreed to by American Rivers, the… Read more »

New Bill Makes Georgia A National Leader in Water Efficiency

Atlanta -– Georgia took an important step today toward ensuring more reliable and predictable clean water supplies for today’s communities and future generations.  The senate unanimously passed the Georgia Water Stewardship Bill, and the house passed the bill 166-5.  American Rivers applauded the cost-effective water efficiency measures contained in the bill, including higher efficiency standards… Read more »

Report: New water supply reservoirs risky ventures in the Southeast

Washington – Southeast U.S. communities should think twice before building new water supply reservoirs, according to a report released today by American Rivers. The report, Money Pit: The High Cost and High Risk of Water Supply Reservoirs in the Southeast, documents the financial risks and water resource risks tied to the development of new reservoirs… Read more »