Dams, Fish and Mussels, oh my! Sampling the Uwharrie River, NC

A recent field trip to the Uwharrie River in North Carolina reminded me of the incredible biological diversity of Southeastern rivers. The Southeast is home to almost 2/3 of all the freshwater fish species in North America, and over 90% of the freshwater mussels. Yet much of this diversity is being lost at a frightening… Read more »

North Carolina’s Failing Falls Lake

I’ve been engaged over the past six months on the rules proposed for cleaning of a water supply for almost a million North Carolinians – Falls Lake.  It is the source of clean drinking water for the city of Raleigh and some of the surrounding towns in Wake County.  It was built by the US… 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 »

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 »

North Carolina Budget Provides Funding to Clean Up Polluted Stormwater

Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina is plagued by polluted stormwater flushing into its streams and rivers.  One of the biggest sources of this pollution is land that was heavily developed with little regard for the potential adverse impacts that run-off could have on the water quality.  Now, communities across the state are looking for solutions… Read more »

American Rivers announces America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2010

Washington, DC — American Rivers today released its most anticipated report of the year, America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2010. The 25th anniversary edition of the report spotlights ten rivers facing the most urgent threats, and also features key endangered river success stories from the past two decades. The number one river on the list is… Read more »

Early Successes on Chicago and Roanoke Rivers

It has been an exciting couple of weeks since the release of our 2011 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™!  Things seem to be looking up for the Chicago and Roanoke Rivers.  While both rivers still have a ways to go, I wanted to share with you the recent developments. Chicago River The week prior… 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 »

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 »