670 Acres on the Waccamaw River Saved

Lake Waccamaw swamp | Laila Johnston A significant stride occurred in protecting the Waccamaw River as the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust has completed the purchase of 670 acres of bottomland hardwoods and cypress-gum swamp along the Waccamaw River just south of Lake Waccamaw State Park in North Carolina. The Waccamaw River flows south from… 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 »

What’s Happening on America’s Most Endangered Rivers?

In April, American Rivers released our annual report on America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, drawing attention to significant threats facing our rivers. We have been working hard in recent months to encourage progress on these critical issues, and some highlights from that work are mentioned below. San Joaquin River drying up at San Mateo Road |… Read more »

Legislature takes major step to secure reliable clean water supplies

Raleigh, N.C. – American Rivers today applauded the North Carolina state legislature for passing SB 163, a bill that expands community water supplies by allowing the use of reclaimed water.  Reclaimed water is purified waste water that can be recycled through the water supply system.  Modern water systems are able to clean waste water, restoring… Read more »

North Carolina Budget Provides Funding to Clean Up Polluted Stormwater

Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina is plagued by polluted stormwater flushing into its streams and rivers.  One of the biggest sources of this pollution is land that was heavily developed with little regard for the potential adverse impacts that run-off could have on the water quality.  Now, communities across the state are looking for solutions… 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 »

Haw River Cleanup Funding in North Carolina House Budget

Haw River Assembly The Haw River [PDF] was listed as one of the Most Endangered Rivers of 2014 back in April. The leadership of the North Carolina House took the threats to heart and decided that the state had a role in implementing the approved cleanup plan for the watershed. Representatives Tom Murry (R-Wake), Chair… Read more »

Transforming A Forgotten Creek Into A Community Treasure

Kayaking Hitchcock Creek | Bob Irvin “This all has far exceeded our expectations” Rockingham, NC mayor Steve Morris told American Rivers’ President Bob Irvin and me as he drove us on an early May day to the Roberdel Access. We were going to kayak down the Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail [PDF] to celebrate its official… Read more »

Haw River Reconnection

Haw River, NC | © American Rivers The Haw River in central NC has a number of problems facing it which led to us listing it as one of the nation’s Most Endangered Rivers® this year. Millions of gallons of raw sewage from spills and millions of gallons of polluted runoff (i.e., rainwater that picks up… Read more »

The Endangered Haw River – Past and Present

Today’s guest blog about the #9 Haw River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Elaine Chiosso, Haw Riverkeeper. The Haw Riverkeeper is the voice of the Haw River, using the tools of law, advocacy, education, monitoring, and citizen participation. Tell your Representative and Senator in the North Carolina General Assembly to… Read more »