Southeast Region

Shoals Spider Lily | Alan Cressler

Shoals Spider Lily on the Flint River, GA | Alan Cressler

The Southeast has a wealth of amazing rivers: whitewater mountain cascades, broad rivers meandering slowly toward the coast, and blackwater bottomland streams.

Our rivers hold some of the richest freshwater biodiversity in the world, with a tremendous variety of native fish including migratory shad and sturgeon, and sport fish like trout and bass—not to mention otter and mink, salamanders and frogs, snakes, turtles, freshwater mussels and much more.

The history of the Southeast is a story with rivers at its heart, and rivers remain at the center of the region’s community life for boating, fishing, swimming, hunting and other pastimes.

American Rivers’ Southeast Region staff works across a broad range of programs to protect and improve the health of our beautiful Southeastern rivers. Using local staff and leveraging partnerships across the region, we tailor our efforts to meet the challenges facing specific rivers and watersheds. Established in 2007, the Southeast Regional Office focuses on the rivers of the Carolinas, Georgia, and parts of Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee. Our goal is to protect and restore the rivers of the Southeast to guarantee they are community assets continuing to provide unique economic, recreational and ecological benefits.

We welcome you to learn more about our work through our blogs and news archives, which provide the most up-to-date details on topics ranging from our program work to personal experiences celebrating the Southeast’s vast river heritage.

Explore Our Southeast Work

Protecting Water Supplies

protecting water supplies

Ensuring healthy, flowing rivers and sustainable water supplies for communities. Learn more »

Clean Water

clean water infrastructure

Providing clean water through modern infrastructure. Learn more »

Blue Trailsblue trailsConnecting communities to their rivers and fostering stewardship. Learn more » Dam Removaldam removalsRestoring rivers by removing outdated and hazardous dams. Learn more »
Hydropower Reformhydropower reformChanging the way dams operate to benefit people and wildlife. Learn more »

We provide crucial leadership, proven solutions and partnerships with state officials, business leaders, water managers, and local conservation groups.

Thank you for your interest in our work. Please feel free to contact our program staff with any questions you may have on our work.