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 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 »

Waccamaw River Blue Trail: Enhancing Ecotourism Along The Grand Strand

New kayak launches, directional and interpretive signs, along with picnic tables and gardens make the Waccamaw River Blue Trail a great place to recreate | © Charles Slate It’s a really exciting time for our work along the Waccamaw! In recent months we’ve partnered with a local chamber of commerce to promote ecotourism and build… Read more »

Haw River Cleanup Funding in North Carolina House Budget

Haw River Assembly The Haw River [PDF] was listed as one of the Most Endangered Rivers of 2014 back in April. The leadership of the North Carolina House took the threats to heart and decided that the state had a role in implementing the approved cleanup plan for the watershed. Representatives Tom Murry (R-Wake), Chair… 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 »