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 »

World Wetland Day – Love your Carolina Bay!

In honor of World Wetland Day, I’d like to highlight one underappreciated wetland type which happens to be a personal favorite of mine.  Being a southern salamander lover, Carolina Bays have always been a fascination. Fed largely by rain and shallow groundwater, Carolina Bays [PDF] are elliptical shaped isolated wetlands found primarily in Georgia and the… Read more »

One Book, One Columbia reading with American Rivers

One Book, One Columbia kicked off last week reading “Saints at the River” by Ron Rash.  All residents of the city will read the same book at the same time over the next six weeks.  With a wild and scenic rivers theme, it was only natural for the Columbia, SC office of American Rivers to… Read more »

Restoring Savannah River Shoals: Two States, a Canal and a Redhorse

The Augusta Shoals is a critical reach of the Savannah River near Aiken, South Carolina and Augusta, Georgia. “Shoals” are stretches of shallow, rocky rapids and were once common in Southeast Rivers – but many of these rivers have been drowned by dams. Shoals provide unique habitat for freshwater fish and mussels. More than 4… Read more »

A Weekend on the Congaree River Blue Trail

I finally did it. I finally paddled to the end of the Congaree River Blue Trail – in one weekend. After leaving cars at the take-out, we were on the river by noon on Friday and off the river by 3:00 on Sunday. We put in at the Cayce Landing and took out at Bates… Read more »

Waccamaw Partners Celebrate Blue Trail Map Release and LWCF Land Acquisition

Enjoying a community paddle on the Waccamaw | Staci Williams Recently, American Rivers celebrated the release of the Waccamaw Blue Trail map and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) acquisition of a tract of land within the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge and adjacent to the Waccamaw River. This key acquisition is important because it… Read more »

Making Hydropower Dams Work Better

Reintroducing steelhead fry | Credit: Hydropower Reform Coalition It’s a good year for rivers. Last week, the National Park Service began chipping away at the Glines Canyon and Elwha Dams. When the dams are removed in 2-3 years, it’ll be the culmination of a nearly 30-year effort to restore the Elwha River and its fisheries…. 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 »

Hurricane Irene Underscores Need For Better Preparation

Over the past week Mother Nature has done a fine job of reminding those of us on the East Coast that she’s the one that’s really in charge. Between the earthquake that shocked us all, and Hurricane Irene still wreaking havoc as it moves up the east coast, we’re reminded that as much as we… Read more »

Flows in the Southeast

American Rivers is working to ensure that each state throughout the southeast enacts comprehensive water allocation laws.  The water that flows through our river systems is the basis for the water supply in the region and how those flows are allocated is critical to the health of the communities and the river.  It is critical… Read more »