Two Weeks, For the Rivers

Flint River | Joe Cook, Coosa Riverkeeper As I concluded my second week on staff at American Rivers, floating down the upper Flint River in a kayak with Joe Cook, the Coosa Riverkeeper, I couldn’t help but reflect on the meandering path that brought me here. It was almost exactly 10 years ago that I… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Best Rivers in the Fall – Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast

Today’s post is a guest blog by Taylor Cox. Taylor is a communications intern at American Rivers this fall. She is majoring in Communication, Law, Economics, and Government (CLEG) with a minor in Environmental Science at American University. It’s Autumn, which has American Rivers staff thinking of their favorite rivers to see the season’s colors…. Read more »

Feds revoke operating license for hydropower dam on Ocmulgee River

Ocmulgee River, GA | Phillip Jordan (Washington) – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission late last week revoked the operating license of Eastern Hydroelectric Corporation for the East Juliette hydropower dam located on the Ocmulgee River, but failed to require dam removal as recommended by American Rivers and Altamaha Riverkeeper. American Rivers urged federal fisheries managers… Read more »

Anglers Fund Conservation Update Part 4 – Southwest/Southeast

Welcome to Part 4 of the Anglers Fund conservation update, which summarizes our recent successes to protect and restore important fish habitat. The theme for this report is “healthy fish need healthy rivers”. We hope you’ll enjoy seeing how our work has a positive impact on fisheries. This week is the South! Previous posts: California,… Read more »

Hometown Rivers Caught on Film

In the stunningly-shot, award-winning documentary film Who Owns Water, brothers Michael and David Hanson return to the source of their childhood river and paddle it to the Gulf of Mexico to take you deep into the Water Wars. Recently I finally had a chance to see a new movie I’d been looking forward to catching…. 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 »

Moving forward for a healthy Flint River

When Georgia’s Flint River appeared on our America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2013 list, American Rivers and our allies were in the middle of a legislative battle that spanned two full sessions of the Georgia General Assembly. It was a long, hard fight, but in the end, Flint Riverkeeper and many Georgia Water Coalition partners including… Read more »