American Rivers Blue Trails Guide

In 2008, American Rivers created the Blue Trails Guide, an expansive online guide that provides step-by-step instructions for developing a thriving blue trail with a focus on conservation. It includes cutting edge case studies on planning, building, and managing for conservation. This guide is intended to provide practical and easy to use web-based guidance for… Read more »

$40,000 for top kid paddle projects

Eagle River, CO | © Brett Hockmuth Outdoor Nation, Emerald Expositions, and the National Park Service have teamed up to award the most innovative projects that connect young Americans to their waterways through paddling. They are awarding $40,000 to the top 16 ideas! Yes, you read correctly. Outdoor Nation is looking for the top projects… 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 »

New River Ambassador Program for River Businesses!

What’s better than floating lazily down the river on a summer afternoon? Or battling the rapids as you paddle down the river?  Or dropping a line in your favorite stream as the sun is coming up?  River-related businesses help make all of these experiences possible. They are also some of the best advocates for clean,… Read more »

President Obama Launches America’s Great Outdoors Initiative

The Obama Administration recently launched its America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. As part of this effort, they are bringing together farmers and ranchers, land trusts, recreation groups, sportsmen, government and industry, city dwellers, suburban families, rural communities, and organizations like American Rivers to develop new partnerships and innovative programs such as Blue Trails to protect and restore… 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 »

Deer Creek Tribute Trail

The Sierra Nevada mountain range’s thousands of miles of rivers and streams sustain an incredible diversity of life and offer world-class fishing, whitewater boating, and other recreational opportunities. However, many rivers and streams are not accessible. For this reason the American Rivers’ California Field office is working with multiple partners to create the Deer Creek… Read more »

Vail Daily Column: Blue Trails Program Comes To The Eagle

This is a guest blog previously published by the Vail Daily. Eagle River, CO | © Ken Neubecker Editor’s note: The author wrote this column on behalf of Eagle River Watershed Council. Colorado is blessed with many rivers that flow from melting winter snows to the sea crossing nearly a third of the country. These… Read more »