Good News for Congaree National Park

Citizens of South Carolina received some good news earlier this fall.  The Congaree National Park, the highlight of the Congaree River Blue Trail, is getting bigger. Through the Leadership of Senator Lindsay Graham and Representative James Clyburn, Congress voted to fund the expansion of South Carolina’s only National Park by 2,000 acres.  The expansion will… Read more »

American Rivers to Present at the Southeastern Water Trails Forum in Chattanooga

Washington- Two American Rivers’ staff members will present on the connection between blue trails, the water equivalent of hiking trails, and land protection during the Southeastern Water Trails Forum.  Matt Rice, Associate Director of Southeast Conservation, and Staci Williams, Waccamaw River Blue Trail Organizer, will present on October 29th from 3:15-4:45 at the Chattanooga Marriot…. Read more »

New Bipartisan Report Endorses Blue Trails

Several months ago we blogged about a report released by the Outdoor Resources Review Group that supports American Rivers’ vision of creating a nationwide system of blue trails. Blue trails are the water equivalent to hiking trails. They link together communities and provide families opportunities to have fun outside, not to mention invaluable services like… Read more »

Program Looks to Turn Dump into Water Trail

From Delmarvanow.com: Bethany Beach Wave: Ocean City, MD – A local environmental advocacy group wants to turn the site of a former dump into a spot where kayakers can explore the area’s coastal bays. Representatives from the Maryland Coastal Bays Program are scheduled to ask Ocean City’s Town Council for permission to create at the… Read more »

Mid-America Trails & Greenways Conference: Oct. 25-28

Register today for the 4th Mid-America Trails and Greenways Conference to be held October 25-28, 2009 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Come join trail planners, builders, and advocates from eight Midwest states as we discuss all aspects of trail building, operation, and maintenance. Click here for the brochure and registration form. Early registration has been extended to… Read more »

Proposed Canal on the Waccamaw Just Doesn’t Make Sense

Last week I attended a public meeting hosted by the Army Corp of Engineers where they discussed one of their recent reports concerning a possible canal on the Waccamaw River to reduce flooding.   The study concluded that the cost, both economic and environmental, would make such a canal unrealistic. Though I sympathize with the landowners… Read more »

Congaree River Blue Trail

The Congaree Blue Trail offers paddlers 50 miles of urban adventure, countless sandbars, high bluffs, extensive floodplain habitats, and the largest continuous tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest in the U.S. Amongst the beautiful vistas, and historical sites, discover what the Congaree Blue Trail holds for you.   

Report calls for nationwide system of blue trails

Imagine a nationwide network of blue trails — rivers and streams from coast to coast, linking communities and providing recreation opportunities, not to mention priceless services like clean drinking water, natural flood protection, and wildlife habitat. A report released today by the Outdoor Resources Review Group supports the vision of American Rivers in creating this nationwide… Read more »

Bi-partisan expert panel proposes nationwide system of water trails

(Washington, DC) –  A new wide-ranging report released today by the private, bipartisan Outdoor Resources Review Group recommends creating a new nationwide system of water trails to protect clean water, and promote recreation, health, and economic growth. The report highlights the leadership of American Rivers in establishing new strategies like water trails to protect the… Read more »

Waccamaw River Blue Trail Kick-Off

 Saturday’s kick-off paddle for the Waccamaw River Blue Trail was a big success!  The morning began with a brief press event with guest speakers Bridgette Johnson, of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, and Larry White, a Conway City Councilmen.  Ms. Johnson spoke of the economic benefits of a healthy Waccamaw River as well as… Read more »