Challenging Assumptions – Water Demand and Population Growth

Our new Money Pit report makes the argument that Southeastern communities don’t need to turn immediately to building new reservoirs in order to secure their future water supply – instead, new reservoirs should be the last option on the list. The report shows how we can find new water supply through lower-risk practices like water… Read more »

North Carolina Fracking Fracas

North Carolina is the latest state to look at allowing development of its shale gas deposits using hydrologic fracturing (or fracking). On the American Rivers blog, we have previously discussed the hazards to our rivers and clean water supplies that fracking poses. Most recently, we highlighted the concerns surrounding natural gas development with the inclusion… 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 »

Cheoah River Flows Again

Cheoah River by Abby Rose Cantrell When the Tallassee Power Company (or TAPOCO) closed the gates on the Santeetlah Dam in 1928, North Carolina’s Cheoah River vanished. For nearly 75 years, the riverbed was almost completely dry. At the Santeetlah dam, the Cheoah’s entire flow disappeared into a steel pipe that cut though a mountain… Read more »

Dan River- coal ash spill one of the worst in history

The Dan River’s banks are coated with coal ash and the river runs dark grey a day after the spill began. | Source: Appalachian Voices The Dan River in North Carolina is the latest river to be devastated by a massive coal ash spill. Duke Energy’s shuttered coal power plan in Eden, NC had a… 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 »

American Rivers Names America’s Most Endangered Rivers(TM) of 2011

Washington, DC – With floodwaters swelling the Mississippi River to historic levels and rivers nationwide at risk from gas drilling, sewage pollution, and other threats, American Rivers today released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. For the second year in a row, the most endangered river in the United States is a victim… Read more »

Check out our new report on Green Infrastructure in Karst Regions

American Rivers has a new report out, Using Green Infrastructure in Karst Regions. The report demonstrates how green infrastructure can be successfully applied in areas with karst topography. Karst topography is made up of soluble bedrock that can easily erode when it comes in contact with water and can be found in areas including the… Read more »

North Carolina Fracking Law Vetoed, Veto Overturned

UPDATE 7-3-12 4 PM — Unfortunately, the environmentalist in the NC House were not able to sustain the veto the Governor issued over the weekend. As RandomAction notes, it appears that the deciding vote was an erroneous vote by a Representative from Charlotte- Becky Carney, who has been against fracking from the beginning. When she… Read more »

Drowned Towns: What Lies Beneath the Reservoirs?

This is a guest blog from our intern Johannes Dreisbach. Hoover Dam, AR, NV | USBR Halloween is just a day away.  In a matter of hours, goblins and ghouls will be running amok in city streets and monsters will be haunting television screens.  With all of the spooky activities that will soon be taking… Read more »