South Fork of the Edisto River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: South Fork of the Edisto River South Carolina Threat: Excessive water withdrawals At Risk: Fish and wildlife habitat, recreation, and water quality South Fork Edisto River, SC | © Hugo Krispyn The Edisto River is one of South Carolina’s most iconic rivers for paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts. However, excessive… Read more »

Keep the Edisto River flowing!

The following blog is a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series— Edisto River, South Carolina. Join us as we celebrate the Edisto River on our blog and social media throughout May and be sure to take action! Four Hole Swamp, SC | Gerrit Jobsis Rains have been abundant in South Carolina this spring,… Read more »

South Carolina Takes Step to Protect Clean Water, Public Health

Columbia, SC — Every year, more than 860 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage foul America’s waters and threaten public health, but most people have no idea that these spills occur in their local rivers and streams. Last month, thanks to the advocacy of American Rivers and our partners, the South Carolina General Assembly… Read more »

Are You Swimming in Sewage?

Do you enjoy splashing in your stream and swimming in your local lake? Does your dog jump into your local creek at every chance? You may think you know whether it’s safe to be in the water, but depending on where you live, there’s a good chance you have no idea… and with hundreds of… Read more »

Proposed Canal on the Waccamaw Just Doesn’t Make Sense

Last week I attended a public meeting hosted by the Army Corp of Engineers where they discussed one of their recent reports concerning a possible canal on the Waccamaw River to reduce flooding.   The study concluded that the cost, both economic and environmental, would make such a canal unrealistic. Though I sympathize with the landowners… Read more »

Clean Water Success on South Carolina’s Saluda

On the last weekend of July, a friend and I went to the Saluda River, just a few miles from downtown the Columbia, SC to cool off, kayak and fish – cooling off being the top priority with temperatures topping 100 degrees. We were not the only ones with that idea as we were joined… Read more »

Water Efficiency in the Southeast

Local governments are uniquely positioned to manage municipal water use.  American Rivers has been working with communities across the Southeast to adopt policies that increase water efficiency and decrease water waste.  These policies are outlined in our report, Hidden Reservoir: Why Water Efficiency is the Best Solution for the Southeast.  Communities like Atlanta, GA, Charlotte,… Read more »

A Southeastern Gem: The Ashley River Blue Trail

This is a guest blog from Howard Bridgman. American Rivers and a diverse group of local partners are developing a Blue Trail for the Ashley River in South Carolina. Guest blogger, Howard Bridgman, former Summerville Town Council member and founding member of the Ashley Scenic River Advisory Council, writes about our work to connect local… Read more »

The River Forms Our Island

The following guest blog from Bud Skidmore is a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series — Edisto River, South Carolina. Bud Skidmore is a founding member and served two terms as chairman of the Edisto Island Preservation Alliance, a group whose mission is to preserve Edisto Island’s rural and agricultural way of life… Read more »

American Rivers Appeals State Water Permit for Catawba-Wateree Dams

Columbia, SC — American Rivers and the Coastal Conservation League said today that South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) isn’t doing enough to protect the health of the Catawba and Wateree rivers at five dams operated by Duke Energy. The groups are challenging the water quality permit issued by DHEC for the… Read more »