Dam Removals

North Carolina Dam Removals The past year has seen a great expansion of free flowing river miles in North Carolina. As part of a partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Piedmont Conservation Council, four dams have been removed on tributaries of the Pee Dee River and one more dam removal is… 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 »

Removal of Steeles Mill Dam Begins on Hitchcock Creek

Raleigh, NC —Hitchcock Creek, a tributary of the Pee Dee River, will soon flow freely thanks to the removal of the 110 year old Steeles Mill Dam. The dam removal marks the beginning of a renaissance for Hitchcock Creek, and is emblematic of a river restoration trend in North Carolina and nationwide. The dam removal… Read more »

Averting Water Wars in the Carolinas

Like many communities across the Southeast, Lancaster County, South Carolina is proposing a new reservoir as a way to attract and support new development. The new bi-state Catawba-Wateree River Basin Commission asked to hear from American Rivers at its December meeting about water efficiency and conservation alternatives to reservoirs. We were glad for the audience,… Read more »

Two NC Dam Removals, Two Days

American Rivers and the US Fish and Wildlife Service worked together to remove a privately owned dam on the Little River in Montgomery County, NC on Monday (Sept. 10). The project will benefit a number of rare, high priority fish and mussel species by restoring river habitat and allowing fish to move upstream. See videos… 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 »

What I Want for Christmas: A Bag of Rocks

All I want for Christmas is a bag of rocks! As a kid, so much of the fun of Christmas was the anticipation leading up to it, especially making a list for Santa and hoping to avoid the dreaded bag of rocks. Now that I have a few Christmases behind me, I get a similar… 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 »

American Rivers Releases List of 2010 Dam Removals

Washington DC – American Rivers, the leading conservation organization fighting for healthy rivers so communities can thrive, today announced its annual list of 60 dams that were removed in 2010, benefitting hundreds of miles of rivers nationwide. The list includes obsolete dams in California, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio,… Read more »