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 »

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 »

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 »

A Big Win on the Little River: Smitherman’s Dam Removal

Smitherman’s Dam was the third dam American Rivers has removed on the Little River, NC | © Peter Raabe Another dam bites the dust near Troy, NC, on the Little River, a tributary to the Yadkin Pee Dee River. In a continuing partnership between the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Piedmont Conservation Council, the… Read more »

Growing Green Roofs in Triad

The Piedmont Triad Green Roof Symposium was a great start to develop more green roofs to curb stormwater runoff in North Carolina. Sitting in the foothills of North Carolina, the Triad- Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and High Point- has been reinventing itself as a transportation and logistics hub after the decline of the tobacco and textile industries…. Read more »

Coal Ash Contamination on Catawba Increases

Today’s update blog about the #5 Catawba River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Catawba Riverkeeper, a non-profit citizens group formed and committed to protecting one of North and South Carolina’s most precious resources, the Catawba-Wateree River Basin. Catawba River, NC| Jeff Cravotta Tell the North Carolina Department of Environment… Read more »

Building partnerships to remove barriers on the Uwharrie River

Lassiter Mill dam removal, Uwharrie River, NC | © USFWS This summer American Rivers’ completed the removal of Lassiter Mill Dam on the Uwharrie River. The removal of this grist mill dam dating back to 1805 will have an incredible benefit to the river system. American Rivers has been actively pursuing this project since 2009 when… Read more »