Two NC Dam Removals, Two Days

American Rivers and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW) worked together to remove two dams in just two days this week in Montgomery County, North Carolina. The projects will benefit a number of rare, high priority fish and mussel species by restoring river habitat and allowing fish to move over 175 miles upstream. See… Read more »

The Permitting Process for Water Supply Reservoirs

The construction of water supply reservoir projects requires a Clean Water Act Section 404 permit for “the discharge of the dredged or fill material in waters of the U.S.” resulting from building the dam and control structures. EPA and the Corps of Engineers’ responsibility in the Section 404 permit process is to ensure that any… 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 »

Haw River Reconnection

Haw River, NC | © American Rivers The Haw River in central NC has a number of problems facing it which led to us listing it as one of the nation’s Most Endangered Rivers® this year. Millions of gallons of raw sewage from spills and millions of gallons of polluted runoff (i.e., rainwater that picks up… Read more »

American Rivers hosting March 24 paddle on Congaree River Blue Trail

Columbia – American Rivers will host a paddle event on Saturday, March 24 to celebrate the Congaree River Blue Trail and Three Rivers Greenway. This event is made possible by support from the Richland County Conservation Commission and is also a culmination of the city’s “One Book, One Columbia” project which used the book Saints… Read more »

Cautionary Tale: A Water Supply Reservoir Gone Wrong in Georgia

American Rivers’ new Money Pit report shines a spotlight on recent water supply reservoir projects that have left local communities in Georgia burdened by the expense and debt from building, or trying to build, these major water infrastructure projects. A notable example is the new Hickory Log Creek Reservoir in Canton, Georgia, which quintupled in… Read more »

North Carolina – Opening the Door to Green Infrastructure

On the last day of June NC Governor Beverly Perdue signed into law a bill that will begin the process of cleaning up the popular Jordan Lake in the Research Triangle area of NC.  The lake was in trouble from day one with predictions of high pollution levels if the US Army Corps of Engineers… Read more »

Second of Two Dam Removals near Troy, North Carolina

Dam removal on the Denson’s Creek, NC | American Rivers “I have to say that this was the most rewarding project that I have worked on in my 29 years with the Service.” – Ricky Campbell, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Excavator Operator The US Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with the Town of… Read more »

Water Efficiency Guidelines for Water Supply Projects in the Southeast

Providing a clean and reliable water supply is of growing concern for many Southeastern communities, as well as communities across the United States. Among the available solutions, reservoirs, created by damming rivers to capture and store water, are often the first choice of water utilities. Water supply reservoirs are viewed as a quick fix, but… Read more »