Water Efficiency in North Carolina

North Carolina is at a crossroads. The combination of population growth and climate change will put increased stress on available water. Communities are scrambling to identify water supply solutions and, as documented in the Hidden Reservoir’s report, water efficiency is the quickest, cheapest way to assure reliable long term water supply.  Water Efficiency Policy The… 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 »

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 »

Cleanup the Coal Ash!

Today’s guest blog about the #5 Catawba River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Sara Behnke, a local resident living near the Riverbend Steam Station. Take Action to Protect theCatawba River Tell Duke Energy to clean up their toxic coal ash! Thirteen years ago, when my husband and I built… Read more »

Catawba River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2013: Catawba River North Carolina, South Carolina At Risk: Coal ash pollution Threat: Drinking water and recreational enjoyment Catawba River, NC| Jeff Cravotta Urge Duke Energy to remove the coal ash ponds and all the contaminants they contain and dispose of it in a lined facility. Millions of people in… Read more »

Catawba River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named the Carolinas’ Catawba River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013 today, shining a national spotlight on the riverside coal ash ponds currently leaking pollution and threatening water quality, human health, and local fish populations. American Rivers and its partners are calling on the North Carolina Department of Environment and… 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 »

Removing the Milburnie Dam, Neuse River, North Carolina

Milburnie Dam, Neuse River, NC | Lynnette Batt A public workshop for the Milburnie Dam removal project on the Neuse River in North Carolina will be held this Thursday, December 6. What: Milburnie Dam Public Information Workshop When: Thursday, December 6, 2012 – 6:00-8:00 PM Where: Holiday Inn Raleigh North,  2805 Highwoods Blvd. Raleigh, NC… Read more »

Little River Reservoir Stopped!

Little River, NC | American Rivers The Little River (just north of Raleigh, NC) will continue to be a free flowing river for the foreseeable future. The City of Raleigh will look to its current drinking water source- Falls Lake – and determine if additional water supply can be provided from that reservoir. American Rivers… 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 »