Water Efficiency in the Southeast

Local governments are uniquely positioned to manage municipal water use.  American Rivers has been working with communities across the Southeast to adopt policies that increase water efficiency and decrease water waste.  These policies are outlined in our report, Hidden Reservoir: Why Water Efficiency is the Best Solution for the Southeast.  Communities like Atlanta, GA, Charlotte,… 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 »

Removal of Steeles Mill Dam Begins on Hitchcock Creek

Raleigh, NC —Hitchcock Creek, a tributary of the Pee Dee River, will soon flow freely thanks to the removal of the 110 year old Steeles Mill Dam. The dam removal marks the beginning of a renaissance for Hitchcock Creek, and is emblematic of a river restoration trend in North Carolina and nationwide. The dam removal… Read more »

Averting Water Wars in the Carolinas

Like many communities across the Southeast, Lancaster County, South Carolina is proposing a new reservoir as a way to attract and support new development. The new bi-state Catawba-Wateree River Basin Commission asked to hear from American Rivers at its December meeting about water efficiency and conservation alternatives to reservoirs. We were glad for the audience,… Read more »

Two NC Dam Removals, Two Days

American Rivers and the US Fish and Wildlife Service worked together to remove a privately owned dam on the Little River in Montgomery County, NC on Monday (Sept. 10). The project will benefit a number of rare, high priority fish and mussel species by restoring river habitat and allowing fish to move upstream. See videos… 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 »

Transforming A Forgotten Creek Into A Community Treasure

Kayaking Hitchcock Creek | Bob Irvin “This all has far exceeded our expectations” Rockingham, NC mayor Steve Morris told American Rivers’ President Bob Irvin and me as he drove us on an early May day to the Roberdel Access. We were going to kayak down the Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail [PDF] to celebrate its official… Read more »