Big Wins for Rivers in the Southeast

Catawba River, SC July brought big victories for two legal cases initiated by American Rivers that will significantly benefit rivers in the Southeast. These victories would not have been possible without our close collaboration with and strong support from regional and local conservation organizations. In Georgia, the State Court of Appeals sided with American Rivers,… Read more »

Edisto River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2015 Edisto River, South Carolina | Tim Palmer Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named the Edisto River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2015 today, highlighting the threat excessive agricultural water withdrawals pose to other water users and river health. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers that are… 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 »

American Rivers Responds to the Gulf Oil Spill Tragedy

Washington, DC – American Rivers President Rebecca Wodder today released the following statement about the Gulf Coast oil spill disaster: “This is an environmental and economic disaster of unprecedented scale. The impacts to the Gulf’s communities and its wetlands and estuaries, which are vitally important for fisheries and clean water, will be enormous and long-lasting…. Read more »

Cautionary Tale: A Water Supply Reservoir Gone Wrong in Georgia

American Rivers’ new Money Pit report shines a spotlight on recent water supply reservoir projects that have left local communities in Georgia burdened by the expense and debt from building, or trying to build, these major water infrastructure projects. A notable example is the new Hickory Log Creek Reservoir in Canton, Georgia, which quintupled in… Read more »

Got Trees? Local Ordinance Protects Trees; Waccamaw River

Seemingly minor revisions to laws and regulations have the potential to significantly improve protections for local rivers. For example, a community in South Carolina along the Waccamaw River Blue Trail recently approved revisions to its Tree Ordinance. Small changes, such as protection for waterway trees and prohibiting clear-cutting of large tracts of land for development, will… Read more »