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 »

Southeast Regional Director receives award

Gerrit Jöbsis, the Southeast Regional Director for American Rivers, was honored last week with the 2011 Palmetto Trout Award from the South Carolina Council of Trout Unlimited for his contributions to the protection, restoration and preservation of trout and their watersheds in South Carolina. It is the highest award given by the Council.  After thirty… Read more »

Invest in dam safety to protect people, property

Originally posted on : TheState.com When a Lexington County earthen dam sprung a leak this past week, threatening downstream homes, officials quickly went to work to shore up the dam and avoid a flooding disaster. But this problem could have been avoided if the state hadn’t slashed funding for dam safety inspections over the past… Read more »

Plan a race on your trail

For eleven years running local paddlers in the Columbia, SC area hold a whitewater race, well actually two races, on the first non-holiday Saturday of the year. The races, the Millrace Massacre and the Ice Man are held on the Saluda River immediatly upstream of the beginning of the Congaree River Blue Trail. The races… Read more »

Waccamaw River Blue Trail to be extended to North Carolina

Communities across the nation are beginning to recognize the variety of benefits their local rivers offer and are taking steps to ensure their protection through the creation of Blue Trails. American Rivers and its partners have been working to create the Waccamaw River Blue Trail in South Carolina and now an effort is underway to… Read more »

Law Center Names 3 Rivers Endangered

The Southern Environmental Law Center recently released their “Top Ten Endangered Places 2011.” These are scenic, ecologically significant natural areas in the Southeast that are imperiled due to poor decisions. Of the ten on the list, three are rivers. The abundance of migratory fish, which support recreational and commercial fishing, is at an all-time low…. Read more »

Show Your Love For Water Trails: Join Trails Advocacy Week

Register today for American Hiking Society’s Hike The Hill: Trails Advocacy Week February 12-17, 2011. Trail advocates from across the nation will come to the nation’s capital to promote and protect our nation’s system of trails – including water trails. Come talk to your elected officials about your water trail and get up to speed… 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 »

Got Trees? Local Ordinance Protects Trees; Waccamaw River

Seemingly minor revisions to laws and regulations have the potential to significantly improve protections for local rivers. For example, a community in South Carolina along the Waccamaw River Blue Trail recently approved revisions to its Tree Ordinance. Small changes, such as protection for waterway trees and prohibiting clear-cutting of large tracts of land for development, will… Read more »