Supporting Agricultural Conservation Programs

The intensification of farming has artificially drained and compacted the land increasing flooding throughout the nation.  In fact, runoff from farms is the leading source of impairments to surveyed rivers and lakes and is a major contributor to the Gulf of Mexico hypoxia problem. Although these challenges are real, the conservation programs under NRCS continue… Read more »

Upper Flint River Resiliency Action Plan

Download the Action Plan American Rivers’ 2014 Upper Flint River Resiliency Action Plan aims to guide work by a variety of stakeholders to restore drought resilience to the upper Flint River system of west-central Georgia. It follows on discussions and efforts of the Upper Flint River Working Group and on the Running Dry report which… Read more »

Fishing with Dad

Fishing with my son at Green Cove Creek in Virginia | Steve White Like many of the people I fish with these days, I grew up fishing. My dad taught me about salt water fish when we lived in Florida and then about largemouth bass and trout when we moved to North Carolina.  While we… Read more »

Healthy Rivers and the Nation’s Highest Court

United States Supreme Court, Washington DC | Jarek Tuszynski [Wikimedia Commons] As 2014 came to a close, State of Georgia officials were gearing up to defend the state on the latest battlefront of the long-running “water wars” with our neighbors in Florida and Alabama. Florida has followed through and sued Georgia in the U.S. Supreme… 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 »

Coming Back and Cleaning Up

Volunteers with Cox Conserves had a fun day cleaning up the St. Johns River! | JRB Studios, LLC As cleanup planning is picking up in the New Year there are many groups across the country looking forward to turning their inaugural river cleanup into a reccurring event. The second year river cleanup is arguably the… Read more »

Flint River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2013: Flint River Georgia At Risk:Water supply for communities, farms, recreation, and wildlife Threat: Outdated water management Fly Fishing, Flint River, GA| Chris Funk The Flint River provides water for over one million people, 10,000 farms, unique wildlife, and 300 miles of exceptional fishing and paddling. Despite being in a… Read more »

River Guardians Spring Conservation Update: Part 3

This is the final installment of the River Guardians Spring Conservation Update, which highlights some of American Rivers’ most recent successes on the East and West coasts. To learn more about the River Guardians for American Rivers or to support our efforts, please visit Please enjoy! Kayakers in Tahoe National Forest, CA | George… Read more »

The Permitting Process for Water Supply Reservoirs

The construction of water supply reservoir projects requires a Clean Water Act Section 404 permit for “the discharge of the dredged or fill material in waters of the U.S.” resulting from building the dam and control structures. EPA and the Corps of Engineers’ responsibility in the Section 404 permit process is to ensure that any… Read more »

Water Efficiency Guidelines for Water Supply Projects in the Southeast

Providing a clean and reliable water supply is of growing concern for many Southeastern communities, as well as communities across the United States. Among the available solutions, reservoirs, created by damming rivers to capture and store water, are often the first choice of water utilities. Water supply reservoirs are viewed as a quick fix, but… Read more »