Conservation Groups Applaud Senate Passage of SC Water Permitting Bill

Columbia – A bill passed by the South Carolina Senate today is a good step toward ensuring reliable, predictable clean water supplies for the state’s communities and protecting the health of the state’s rivers and lakes, conservation groups said. American Rivers, the Coastal Conservation League, and other partners worked for years to negotiate the provisions… Read more »

Invest in dam safety to protect people, property

Originally posted on : When a Lexington County earthen dam sprung a leak this past week, threatening downstream homes, officials quickly went to work to shore up the dam and avoid a flooding disaster. But this problem could have been avoided if the state hadn’t slashed funding for dam safety inspections over the past… Read more »

Southeast Regional Director receives award

Gerrit Jöbsis, the Southeast Regional Director for American Rivers, was honored last week with the 2011 Palmetto Trout Award from the South Carolina Council of Trout Unlimited for his contributions to the protection, restoration and preservation of trout and their watersheds in South Carolina. It is the highest award given by the Council.  After thirty… Read more »

Waccamaw: Paddling with a Community

Last weekend, I rolled up under the Main Street Bridge in Conway, South Carolina, to see more than 40 people already unloading the kayaks and canoes and getting into the water! What a site to see so many people laughing and excited to get out on the blackwater Waccamaw River Blue Trail on a sunny… 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 »

No Progress on Catawba-Wateree, America’s Most Endangered River

Columbia, SC — Eight months after American Rivers named the Catawba-Wateree America’s Most Endangered River™for 2008, legislators in South Carolina and North Carolina still have not acted to improve water management. American Rivers and local partners are calling on North Carolina and South Carolina to implement sensible water supply and water efficiency policies throughout the… Read more »

Law Center Names 3 Rivers Endangered

The Southern Environmental Law Center recently released their “Top Ten Endangered Places 2011.” These are scenic, ecologically significant natural areas in the Southeast that are imperiled due to poor decisions. Of the ten on the list, three are rivers. The abundance of migratory fish, which support recreational and commercial fishing, is at an all-time low…. Read more »

Southeast water and beyond

Guest post by Gerrit Jobsis, southeast regional director of American Rivers: I was pleased to serve on a discussion panel after the showing of the award winning documentary film, FLOW – For Love of Water, directed by Irena Salina.  The film chronicles the dire prospect of a global shortage of clean water and how multinational… Read more »