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  • Water topples over a 25ft tall dam
    Information icon Hoosier Dam stood 25 feet tall and 235 feet across the Rocky River in Chatham County. It blocked the endangered Cape Fear shiner from reaching habitat upstream from 1922 until October 2018. Photo by Emily Wells, USFWS.

    North Carolina dam removal helps Rocky River and the endangered fish that lives there

    December 6, 2018 | 4 minute read

    The Cape Fear shiner, a federally protected North American minnow found only in central North Carolina, battles to survive with only one stronghold remaining in the lower reaches of the Rocky and Deep Rivers of North Carolina’s Upper Cape Fear River Basin. Many issues have piled up against this little fish, but a massive dam of reinforced concrete, averaging 25 feet tall and 235 feet across stood out, until recently, as a monumental obstacle to the species’ recovery.  Learn more...


  • A large, old concrete dam.
    Information icon Wateree Dam. Photo by USFWS.


    Hydropower, a renewable source of energy, is widely used throughout the United States and the world. Hydropower projects usually consist of damming a river to create a reservoir or lake. Water flowing through turbines in the dam create electricity. Dams, and the reservoirs they create, can also be used for water supply, flood control, and recreation. Although producing hydroelectricity does not emit any greenhouse gas emissions, the damming of rivers can have detrimental effects to our streams and rivers.  Learn more...

  • A bald eagle flying across a blue sky with a silver fish in its tallons.
    Information icon A bald eagle with a freshly caught fish. Photo by USFWS.

    Migratory birds

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Migratory Bird Program works with partners to protect, restore, and conserve bird populations and their habitats for the benefit of future generations by: Ensuring long-term ecological sustainability of all migratory bird populations, Increasing socioeconomic benefits derived from birds, Improving hunting and bird watching and other outdoor bird-related experiences, and Increasing awareness of the value of migratory birds and their habitats for their aesthetic, ecological, recreational and economic significance.  Learn more...


  • A hand holding a small white fish with red markings on its face and dorsal fin.
    Warpaint shiner. Photo by Gary Peeples, Brett Albanese, Georgia DNR – Wildlife Resources.

    Fish return to Richland Creek

    June 1, 2010 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Richland Creek needs fish. The Haywood County, North Carolina stream starts near the Blue Ridge Parkway at Balsam Gap and flows north, along highways 23 and 74, through Waynesville and into the Pigeon River. A history of water pollution decimated fish populations in the stream, a story similar to the Pigeon River. In recent years, both streams have become dramatically cleaner, and the Pigeon has been the focus of an aggressive and successful effort to restore native fish species.  Learn more...

  • A biologist holds a silver/white fish next to a large ruler for measurement
    American shad. Photo by FWC

    Santee-Cooper Accord helps move migratory fish across the Carolinas

    January 9, 2009 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The Santee River basin begins in Western North Carolina, where the headwaters of the Catawba, Broad, and Pacolet Rivers trickle down from the Eastern Continental divide. The basin includes the Congaree, Saluda, Wateree and a host of other rivers, eventually all joining to form the Santee River which empties into the ocean north of Charleston. It’s a basin whose rivers are punctuated by dams that provide electricity to Charlotte, Greenville and Columbia.  Learn more...

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