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 In some cases where a dam is outdated, unsafe, or has outlived its usefulness, American Rivers advocates for dam removal.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

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 »

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 »

Catawba River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named the Carolinas’ Catawba River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013 today, shining a national spotlight on the riverside coal ash ponds currently leaking pollution and threatening water quality, human health, and local fish populations. American Rivers and its partners are calling on the North Carolina Department of Environment and… Read more »

EPA Takes Next Step to Veto Yazoo Pumps

Washington, DC — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken the next step towards killing the disastrous Yazoo Pumps project, which would use $220 million federal tax dollars to drain more than 300 square miles of wetlands in Mississippi; an area equal to the size of New York City, including all 5 boroughs. The EPA… Read more »