Congaree Blue Trail Honored with National Recreation Trail Designation

Columbia, SC – Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced today that the Congaree River Blue Trail will join the prestigious list of National Recreation Trails. The designation will bring a host of benefits as well as increased visibility and funding to the Congaree River. The Congaree River Blue Trail, celebrating its one-year anniversary, is… Read more »

Successful Habitat Restoration Projects

Morgan Point Bendway Closure Structure, ArkansasThe $2.7 million project was designed to restore flows to the Morgan Point Bendway, which was cut off when the Wilbur D. Mills Dam was constructed. An overflow weir closure structure at the mouth of the bendway and a water supply pipeline from the dam was built. Additionally, some areas… Read more »

Protecting River Flow with the Public Trust Doctrine

This is a guest blog by Steve Gilbert of the South Carolina Wildlife Federation. Saluda River, SC | Gerrit Jobsis Streamflow and water use is a pervasive issue across the country including the Southeast, a region often considered to be water rich. In South Carolina the Surface Water Withdrawal Act of 2010 that exempts agricultural… Read more »

America’s “Founding Fish” To Return To Yadkin-Pee Dee

Columbia, SC For the first time in nearly a century, American shad and American eel will return to their historic habitat on the Yadkin-Pee Dee River, thanks to a fish passage agreement negotiated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and Progress Energy and agreed to by American Rivers, the… Read more »

Saluda River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington— Clean water and quality of life will be increasingly at risk unless sewage pollution in the Saluda River is reduced. This threat landed the Saluda in the number six spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2009 edition. The Saluda provides drinking water for more than 500,000 people, is a hotspot for recreation, and contributes… Read more »

Paddling With Mayor Steve Benjamin

Recently I had the opportunity to go on a paddle trip with Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin and over two dozen young African-American professionals.  The paddle trip was a part of Mayor Benjamin’s Talented Tenth Conference. The purpose of the conference was to show young educated African American’s that Columbia has a high quality of… Read more »