Map of US Dam Removals 1936-2014

Few things have such a fundamental impact on a river as a dam. Dams block a river’s flow and can harm clean water, fish and wildlife, and recreation opportunities. American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams. We have been creating a running inventory of all dam removal projects we… Read more »

Celebrating another year on the Edisto River

Today’s blog is a guest post by Hugo Krispyn. Friends of the Edisto | Heather C. Clarkson If we’re not exactly a family, we are at least a community, and the Edisto is the tie that connects us. Walking past the registration table and down the hill to the meeting tent at the Friends of… Read more »

Wateree Blue Trail Dedication Ceremony This Saturday, June 6

Columbia – The Wateree Blue Trail Dedication will take place this Saturday, June 6, on National Trails Day.  Speakers include South Carolina State Senator Vincent A. Sheheen and other community leaders. Reporters are invited to attend the dedication and an inaugural paddle immediately following the dedication (details are at the end of this release). This… Read more »

A Weekend on the Congaree River Blue Trail

I finally did it. I finally paddled to the end of the Congaree River Blue Trail – in one weekend. After leaving cars at the take-out, we were on the river by noon on Friday and off the river by 3:00 on Sunday. We put in at the Cayce Landing and took out at Bates… Read more »

World Wetland Day – Love your Carolina Bay!

In honor of World Wetland Day, I’d like to highlight one underappreciated wetland type which happens to be a personal favorite of mine.  Being a southern salamander lover, Carolina Bays have always been a fascination. Fed largely by rain and shallow groundwater, Carolina Bays [PDF] are elliptical shaped isolated wetlands found primarily in Georgia and the… Read more »

Flows in the Southeast

American Rivers is working to ensure that each state throughout the southeast enacts comprehensive water allocation laws.  The water that flows through our river systems is the basis for the water supply in the region and how those flows are allocated is critical to the health of the communities and the river.  It is critical… Read more »

Carolina Coal Ash Liability- Tell South Carolina to Protect Drinking Water!

South Carolina citizens, tell your State Senator to oppose H.3925!| © Eric Chance, Appalachian Voices You’d hope that South Carolina would learn from the tragedy and trauma poorly managed coal ash ponds have caused its neighbors in North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. Unfortunately, under pressure from the state’s most powerful corporate lobbying interest the South… Read more »

New Bill Could Save the Edisto River

Today we have a guest blog update on one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014, the South Fork Edisto River in South Carolina. Legislators in South Carolina have introduced legislation that would end the exemption for large agricultural water withdrawals through state permitting. Below are the comments made by a partner of American Rivers, Doug… Read more »

South Carolina Takes Step to Protect Clean Water, Public Health

Columbia, SC — Every year, more than 860 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage foul America’s waters and threaten public health, but most people have no idea that these spills occur in their local rivers and streams. Last month, thanks to the advocacy of American Rivers and our partners, the South Carolina General Assembly… Read more »