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 »

Reducing Flooding and Cleaning Water in Columbia, South Carolina

Shandon neighborhood, Columbia, SC | City of Columbia You don’t normally think of the southeast when you think about green infrastructure, but we are working to change that. There are cities all over the southeast that are integrating green infrastructure into their solutions to the many problems that excessive stormwater runoff creates. Columbia, SC is… Read more »

Water Efficiency Guidelines for Water Supply Projects in the Southeast

Providing a clean and reliable water supply is of growing concern for many Southeastern communities, as well as communities across the United States. Among the available solutions, reservoirs, created by damming rivers to capture and store water, are often the first choice of water utilities. Water supply reservoirs are viewed as a quick fix, but… Read more »

America’s Most Endangered Rivers Coming April 9!

The Colorado River was last year’s #1 Most Endangered River. Stay tuned to see what river will be picked this year? | © Pete McBride It is almost time for American Rivers’ annual report on rivers in peril— America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014!  American Rivers and its partners nationwide will announce America’s Most Endangered… Read more »

The Boy and the River

The following guest blog poem from Jim Brailsford is a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series— Edisto River, South Carolina. James M. Brailsford, III, grew up on the banks of the Edisto River in Orangeburg— learning to swim, fish, and paddle in its cold, clear waters and exploring the cypress swamps along its… Read more »

Hearing Tomorrow on State Water Permit for Catawba-Wateree Dams

Columbia, SC – A hearing will be held tomorrow to address the concerns of American Rivers and the Coastal Conservation League over a recent water quality permit issued by the South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).  The groups said last month that DHEC isn’t doing enough to protect the health of the… Read more »

Finding Water Supplies and Lost Revenue in the Southeast

March 12-18 is EPA’s WaterSense Fix a Leak Week.  This week will push more people to improve their home’s water efficiency.  While many discussions involve not wasting water at home, American Rivers is also working at the community level.  Where can we find our hidden reservoirs of water supply?  A good place to start is… Read more »

Sewage Right To Know Passes In New York

Summer is here and its time to boat, swim and yes, paddleboard, in our rivers and lakes. But to keep safe and healthy and with hundreds of billions of raw and partially treated sewage still getting into our waters every year, you really need to know if and when there’s been a sewage spill. As… Read more »

Success on South Carolina’s Saluda

Saluda River, SC | Jason Van Driesche The Saluda River is a southeast treasure. A tributary of the Congaree River, the Saluda is popular for fishing and boating, but has been harmed by dams and other development. Fortunately, the hydropower dam relicensing process provided a chance to improve the river’s health, and its recreation opportunities…. Read more »

Broad River, SC: Restoring Flows, Fish and Flowers

Running through the heart of Columbia, the Broad River is flowing once again to the benefit of rare rocky shoals spider lilies, resident and migratory fish and water-based recreation.  For decades the Broad River was dewatered, receiving only leakage flow from the Columbia Diversion Dam.  Now healthy flows up to 11 times more than before… Read more »