Paddling the Little River in NC: America’s 4th Most Endangered River

It’s hard to believe Little River is #4 on American Rivers’ America’s Most Endangered Rivers list, and even harder to believe the reason is because this beautiful area is threatened by dam construction. Several weeks ago I accompanied local reporters, the Upper Neuse Riverkeeper Alissa Bierma, and a dozen concerned citizens on a paddling trip up the Little… Read more »

Clean Water Supplies Through Green Infrastructure

Most Americans get their drinking water from rivers and streams | Katherine Baer Here, where I live in North Carolina, our drinking water comes from streams and rivers, like Cane Creek, and Bolin Creek, right near our house flows into Lake Jordan, a regional water supply. And this is true for many of us –… 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 »

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 »

Little River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC — A new dam would waste millions of taxpayer dollars and devastate the Little River and its fish, wildlife, and recreation opportunities. This threat landed the Little River in the number four spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers™: 2010 edition, produced by American Rivers. “The key to a reliable and predictable water supply… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Working for North Carolina

Guest blog post by Jessie Allen, American Rivers’ volunteer NC Research Associate Green infrastructure practices are gaining popularity as more cities and towns begin to look for innovative ways to effectively manage stormwater. The benefits of green infrastructure practices are clear: less water pollution, cleaner air, and greater energy efficiency, but there are still a… Read more »

Response to Duke Energy’s Statement on the Catawba River Coal Ash Ponds

It is our understanding that Duke Energy issued a preemptive statement on April 16, 2013 in anticipation of American Rivers’ designation of the Catawba River as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.  Rick Gaskins, Executive Director and Catawba Riverkeeper, provides a section-by-section response to Duke’s statement below in italics.  Duke Energy Statement: It’s disappointing that… 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 »

9 Top River Trips for Wildlife        

Originally published in the North Carolina Wildlife Federation Journal, Fall 2014. Viewing fall color from water level My favorite paddle trip is usually the last river I was on, so it’s no small feat to whittle down the best canoe or kayak trips in North Carolina for experiencing wildlife. North Carolina boasts 17 river basins…. Read more »