Two NC Dam Removals, Two Days

American Rivers and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW) worked together to remove two dams in just two days this week in Montgomery County, North Carolina. The projects will benefit a number of rare, high priority fish and mussel species by restoring river habitat and allowing fish to move over 175 miles upstream. See… Read more »

Stepping back in time on the Loxahatchee River

Loxahatchee River, FL | Scott Bosse As the son of a golf professional, I spent the first 15 winters of my life in southeast Florida. During those years I spent my afternoons fishing for largemouth bass in the tea-colored canal behind our apartment and hanging out at the beach where I’d bodysurf until my fingers… Read more »

Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail

American Rivers has helped to transform Hitchcock Creek in Rockingham, North Carolina into a destination for fishing, boating, and other family-friendly recreation. Until 2009, the Steeles Mill dam degraded Hitchcock Creek, blocking migrating fish and preventing the community from safely enjoying the river through recreation. American Rivers and our partners removed the dam, and created… Read more »

Protecting Flow with the Clean Water Act

Science tells us that healthy rivers need water flows that follow natural patterns. These patterns are defined by the timing, magnitude, duration and frequency of rising and falling flow levels. The greater the departure from the natural flow regimen, the greater the impact to the river and its values. Explicit standards recognizing water flow as… Read more »

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 In some cases where a dam is outdated, unsafe, or has outlived its usefulness, American Rivers advocates for dam removal.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 »