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 »

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 »

Saluda River Success!

American Rivers is helping secure key clean water protections for South Carolina’s Saluda River through the hydropower dam relicensing effort. Learn more: Clean Water Success on South Carolina’s Saluda

Response to Duke Energy’s Statement on the Catawba River Coal Ash Ponds

It is our understanding that Duke Energy issued a preemptive statement on April 16, 2013 in anticipation of American Rivers’ designation of the Catawba River as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.  Rick Gaskins, Executive Director and Catawba Riverkeeper, provides a section-by-section response to Duke’s statement below in italics.  Duke Energy Statement: It’s disappointing that… Read more »

Cleanup the Coal Ash!

Today’s guest blog about the #5 Catawba River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Sara Behnke, a local resident living near the Riverbend Steam Station. Take Action to Protect theCatawba River Tell Duke Energy to clean up their toxic coal ash! Thirteen years ago, when my husband and I built… Read more »

Catawba River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2013: Catawba River North Carolina, South Carolina At Risk: Coal ash pollution Threat: Drinking water and recreational enjoyment Catawba River, NC| Jeff Cravotta Urge Duke Energy to remove the coal ash ponds and all the contaminants they contain and dispose of it in a lined facility. Millions of people in… Read more »

Catawba River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named the Carolinas’ Catawba River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013 today, shining a national spotlight on the riverside coal ash ponds currently leaking pollution and threatening water quality, human health, and local fish populations. American Rivers and its partners are calling on the North Carolina Department of Environment and… 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 »

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 »

Blue Trails Boost Local Economies

Guest Blogger: Guy Jones, Owner, River Runner Outdoor Center Columbia, South Carolina TheState.com 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 »