Anxiously Eyeing the Skies in the Sunny South

Middle Oconee River, GA drought in October 2007 | Ben Emanuel Here in Georgia, it’s been a cool, wet spring so far. That’s an especially good thing after drought conditions last year that were as severe here as anywhere in the country.  But in my conversations with local water managers and other water-watchers lately, I’ve… Read more »

Waccamaw River Blue Trail

May 2013 – Waccamaw named National Water Trail – NPS Site, Celebratory Paddle photos and video Considered one of the finest blackwater rivers in the Southeast, the Waccamaw River provides clean drinking water, scenic landscapes, diverse fish and wildlife, outstanding recreation, and is an economic driver that serves the region. Despite this, the Waccamaw is under… Read more »

Water Efficiency in North Carolina

North Carolina is at a crossroads. The combination of population growth and climate change will put increased stress on available water. Communities are scrambling to identify water supply solutions and, as documented in the Hidden Reservoir’s report, water efficiency is the quickest, cheapest way to assure reliable long term water supply.  Water Efficiency Policy The… Read more »

7000 Reasons to Remove a Small, Outdated Dam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 »

Spring in Waynesboro, VA

Today we have a guest blog from Trafford McRae, Stormwater Program Manager at the City of Waynesboro Public Works. Trafford was the leader on a park-side river restoration project in western Virginia that American Rivers funded through our partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) called the Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant Program. Students touring Waynesboro… Read more »