American Rivers Appeals State Water Permit for Catawba-Wateree Dams

Columbia, SC — American Rivers and the Coastal Conservation League said today that South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) isn’t doing enough to protect the health of the Catawba and Wateree rivers at five dams operated by Duke Energy. The groups are challenging the water quality permit issued by DHEC for the… 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 »

Report calls for nationwide system of blue trails

Imagine a nationwide network of blue trails — rivers and streams from coast to coast, linking communities and providing recreation opportunities, not to mention priceless services like clean drinking water, natural flood protection, and wildlife habitat. A report released today by the Outdoor Resources Review Group supports the vision of American Rivers in creating this nationwide… Read more »

Blue Trails Boost Local Economies

Guest Blogger: Guy Jones, Owner, River Runner Outdoor Center Columbia, South Carolina Rivers are an important part of my life. Rivers underpin a successful career, a deep-seeded passion, and even helped introduce me to my wife. Three decades ago, my hometown river, the Saluda near Columbia, South Carolina, was threatened by a proposed hydroelectric… 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 »

South Carolina’s Ashley River Blue Trail

This is a guest blog from Howard Bridgman. American Rivers and a diverse group of local partners are developing a Blue Trail for the Ashley River in South Carolina. Guest blogger, Howard Bridgman, former Summerville Town Council member and founding member of the Ashley Scenic River Advisory Council, writes about our work to connect local… Read more »

The River Forms Our Island

The following guest blog from Bud Skidmore is a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series — Edisto River, South Carolina. Bud Skidmore is a founding member and served two terms as chairman of the Edisto Island Preservation Alliance, a group whose mission is to preserve Edisto Island’s rural and agricultural way of life… Read more »

Waccamaw River Blue Trail Kick-off Event This Saturday, June 20

Columbia – American Rivers, along with its partners, Winyah Rivers Foundation’s Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® and the Pee Dee Land Trust, are hosting the Waccamaw River Blue Trail kick-off this Saturday, June 20. Prior to the paddle there will be brief remarks from Staci Williams, the new Waccamaw River Blue Trail Organizer and special guests Carl Schwartzkopf,… 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 »

Saving The Saluda

Matt Rice, our Associate Director of Southeast Conservation, recently talked to Fox News about the problems facing the Saluda River and how we are working to save it.  Watch the video and read the 2009 Most Endangered Rivers Report, where the Saluda was ranked #6, to learn more about the how wastewater treatment plants are dumping… Read more »