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 »

Local Stormwater Codes and Ordinances

In addition to any federal or state clean water requirements, local governments have an important role to evaluate their own codes and ordinances to ensure they are protecting our communities and our waterways. American Rivers is working at the local level to review current codes and ordinances to provide sound recommendations to Planning Commissions and… Read more »

Challenging Assumptions – Water Demand and Population Growth

Our new Money Pit report makes the argument that Southeastern communities don’t need to turn immediately to building new reservoirs in order to secure their future water supply – instead, new reservoirs should be the last option on the list. The report shows how we can find new water supply through lower-risk practices like water… Read more »

Cautionary Tale: A Water Supply Reservoir Gone Wrong in Georgia

American Rivers’ new Money Pit report shines a spotlight on recent water supply reservoir projects that have left local communities in Georgia burdened by the expense and debt from building, or trying to build, these major water infrastructure projects. A notable example is the new Hickory Log Creek Reservoir in Canton, Georgia, which quintupled in… Read more »

Report: New water supply reservoirs risky ventures in the Southeast

Washington – Southeast U.S. communities should think twice before building new water supply reservoirs, according to a report released today by American Rivers. The report, Money Pit: The High Cost and High Risk of Water Supply Reservoirs in the Southeast, documents the financial risks and water resource risks tied to the development of new reservoirs… 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 »