East Coast Dam Removals Continue To Open Up Blocked Rivers

American Rivers is playing a significant role in dam removal projects up and down the east coast. In 2013 alone, we removed over 40 dams in the United States. In the Northeast restoration is underway on the Penobscot River, the Mid-Atlantic is seeing the return of American shad on the Patapsco River, and the Southeast… Read more »

Can Carolina Bays Make the Cut?

Lake Waccamaw Carolina bay | Yawper Despite their name, Carolina bays are different than estuaries such as the Chesapeake Bay or Bristol Bay in Alaska. Perhaps more familiar to many of us, places like the Chesapeake Bay refer to the area where a freshwater river or stream meets the ocean. Carolina bays, on the other… Read more »

Report: New water supply reservoirs risky ventures in the Southeast

Washington – Southeast U.S. communities should think twice before building new water supply reservoirs, according to a report released today by American Rivers. The report, Money Pit: The High Cost and High Risk of Water Supply Reservoirs in the Southeast, documents the financial risks and water resource risks tied to the development of new reservoirs… Read more »

Challenging Assumptions – Water Demand and Population Growth

Our new Money Pit report makes the argument that Southeastern communities don’t need to turn immediately to building new reservoirs in order to secure their future water supply – instead, new reservoirs should be the last option on the list. The report shows how we can find new water supply through lower-risk practices like water… Read more »

North Carolina Fracking Fracas

North Carolina is the latest state to look at allowing development of its shale gas deposits using hydrologic fracturing (or fracking). On the American Rivers blog, we have previously discussed the hazards to our rivers and clean water supplies that fracking poses. Most recently, we highlighted the concerns surrounding natural gas development with the inclusion… Read more »

Fishing with Dad

Fishing with my son at Green Cove Creek in Virginia | Steve White Like many of the people I fish with these days, I grew up fishing. My dad taught me about salt water fish when we lived in Florida and then about largemouth bass and trout when we moved to North Carolina.  While we… 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 »

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 Names America’s Most Endangered Rivers(TM) of 2011

Washington, DC – With floodwaters swelling the Mississippi River to historic levels and rivers nationwide at risk from gas drilling, sewage pollution, and other threats, American Rivers today released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. For the second year in a row, the most endangered river in the United States is a victim… Read more »