Haw River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014: Haw River North Carolina Threat: Polluted runoff At Risk: Clean water and public health Haw River, NC | © Donald Lee Pardue The Haw River is an important resource for more than a million people providing drinking water and recreation in central North Carolina. Unfortunately, rollbacks of rules designed… Read more »

Most Endangered Rivers for 2014

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014 The annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report is a list of rivers at a crossroads, where key decisions in the coming months will determine the rivers’ fates. Over the years, the report has helped spur many successes including the removal of outdated dams, the protection of rivers with Wild… Read more »

Progress on Coal Ash in North Carolina

Today’s ruling sets the stage for Duke Energy to be required to remove contaminated material from their Riverbend site | © Jeff Cravotta This week, an environmental victory was achieved in a North Carolina courtroom for people and wildlife that depend on clean water. This ruling from the North Carolina Superior Court obligates the largest… Read more »

Unneeded Dam on First Broad River Turned Back

The First Broad River, NC will continue to run free! | © Peter Raabe I am excited to share a great victory for rivers with you: the proposed impoundment on the First Broad River in North Carolina has been sent back to the drawing board! The water authority in Cleveland County, North Carolina has been… Read more »

Map of US Dam Removals 1936-2013

We are excited to launch this interactive map of all known dam removals in the U.S.! Few things have such a fundamental impact on a river as a dam. Dams block a river’s flow and can harm clean water, fish and wildlife, and recreation opportunities. American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal… Read more »

Southeast Dam Removals a Win for Wildlife in 2013

Recent removal of the Upper Swepsonville Dam on the Haw River, NC will improve habitat for the endangered Cape Fear shiner | © USFWS Dam removal in the Southeast is continuing to gain momentum in part due to the hard work of American Rivers and our partners dedicated to bolster public safety, to improve ecological… Read more »

Spills in the Spotlight

Freedom Industries storage facility on the Elk River, WV | © West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church On Tuesday, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing to review the recent chemical spill into the Elk River that contaminated the drinking water supplies of 300,000 people in West Virginia. Witnesses included… 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 »

East Coast Dam Removals Continue To Open Up Blocked Rivers

American Rivers is playing a significant role in dam removal projects up and down the east coast. In 2013 alone, we removed over 40 dams in the United States. In the Northeast restoration is underway on the Penobscot River, the Mid-Atlantic is seeing the return of American shad on the Patapsco River, and the Southeast… Read more »

Waccamaw River Blue Trail: Enhancing Ecotourism Along The Grand Strand

New kayak launches, directional and interpretive signs, along with picnic tables and gardens make the Waccamaw River Blue Trail a great place to recreate | © Charles Slate It’s a really exciting time for our work along the Waccamaw! In recent months we’ve partnered with a local chamber of commerce to promote ecotourism and build… Read more »