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 »

Cheoah River Flows Again

Cheoah River by Abby Rose Cantrell When the Tallassee Power Company (or TAPOCO) closed the gates on the Santeetlah Dam in 1928, North Carolina’s Cheoah River vanished. For nearly 75 years, the riverbed was almost completely dry. At the Santeetlah dam, the Cheoah’s entire flow disappeared into a steel pipe that cut though a mountain… Read more »

Forest to Faucets: A New Model for Forest Management

This is a guest blog by Mike DeBonis. Mike is Executive Director at The Forest Guild, where he works to practice and promote ecologically, economically, and socially responsible forestry as a means of sustaining the integrity of forest ecosystems and the human communities dependent upon them. Download the complete Forest to Faucets report The traditional… Read more »

Dan River- coal ash spill one of the worst in history

The Dan River’s banks are coated with coal ash and the river runs dark grey a day after the spill began. | Source: Appalachian Voices The Dan River in North Carolina is the latest river to be devastated by a massive coal ash spill. Duke Energy’s shuttered coal power plan in Eden, NC had a… Read more »

South Carolina’s 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 »

North Carolina Budget Provides Funding to Clean Up Polluted Stormwater

Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina is plagued by polluted stormwater flushing into its streams and rivers.  One of the biggest sources of this pollution is land that was heavily developed with little regard for the potential adverse impacts that run-off could have on the water quality.  Now, communities across the state are looking for solutions… Read more »

9 Top River Trips for Wildlife        

Originally published in the North Carolina Wildlife Federation Journal, Fall 2014. Viewing fall color from water level My favorite paddle trip is usually the last river I was on, so it’s no small feat to whittle down the best canoe or kayak trips in North Carolina for experiencing wildlife. North Carolina boasts 17 river basins…. Read more »

Community Members Turn Out for Waccamaw River Cleanup

Waccamaw River cleanup | Chris Ochsenbein American Rivers held a successful Waccamaw River Cleanup May 30 at East Bay Park and Landing in Georgetown, South Carolina. Thirty people volunteered to clean up the Waccamaw River on land and on the water in kayaks provided by Blackriver Outdoors Center. A diverse array of cleanup participants, ranging… Read more »