Paddling With Mayor Steve Benjamin

Recently I had the opportunity to go on a paddle trip with Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin and over two dozen young African-American professionals.  The paddle trip was a part of Mayor Benjamin’s Talented Tenth Conference. The purpose of the conference was to show young educated African American’s that Columbia has a high quality of… Read more »

The Mad Hatter Resides at ORSANCO

A proposal change to water quality standards for the Ohio River could result in eight states permitting the discharge of greater amounts of mercury into the river. Mercury earned the nickname “mad hatter” because hat makers exposed to the toxin suffered neurologic damage. Today, the pollutant is emitted by coal fired power plants which allow… Read more »

Clean Water Supplies Through Green Infrastructure

Most Americans get their drinking water from rivers and streams | Katherine Baer Here, where I live in North Carolina, our drinking water comes from streams and rivers, like Cane Creek, and Bolin Creek, right near our house flows into Lake Jordan, a regional water supply. And this is true for many of us –… Read more »

Hearing to Protect Birmingham’s Drinking Water

Proposed coal mine along the Black Warrior River, AL | © Nelson Brooke In April, American Rivers named the Black Warrior River one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® due to the threat of coal mining. A hearing on a proposal to declare a Black Warrior tributary as unsuitable for mining is coming up in July,… Read more »

Water Efficiency in the Southeast

Local governments are uniquely positioned to manage municipal water use.  American Rivers has been working with communities across the Southeast to adopt policies that increase water efficiency and decrease water waste.  These policies are outlined in our report, Hidden Reservoir: Why Water Efficiency is the Best Solution for the Southeast.  Communities like Atlanta, GA, Charlotte,… Read more »

A Big Win on the Little River: Smitherman’s Dam Removal

Smitherman’s Dam was the third dam American Rivers has removed on the Little River, NC | © Peter Raabe Another dam bites the dust near Troy, NC, on the Little River, a tributary to the Yadkin Pee Dee River. In a continuing partnership between the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Piedmont Conservation Council, the… Read more »

Progress on Coal Ash in North Carolina

Today’s ruling sets the stage for Duke Energy to be required to remove contaminated material from their Riverbend site | © Jeff Cravotta This week, an environmental victory was achieved in a North Carolina courtroom for people and wildlife that depend on clean water. This ruling from the North Carolina Superior Court obligates the largest… Read more »

Can Carolina Bays Make the Cut?

Lake Waccamaw Carolina bay | Yawper Despite their name, Carolina bays are different than estuaries such as the Chesapeake Bay or Bristol Bay in Alaska. Perhaps more familiar to many of us, places like the Chesapeake Bay refer to the area where a freshwater river or stream meets the ocean. Carolina bays, on the other… Read more »