New Outdoor Nation Grant Opportunity

Outdoor Nation is starting 2012 with a new funding opportunity for those interested in in connecting young Americans with their waterways through recreational paddling. Outdoor Nation is accepting applications from individuals between the ages of 18 and 28 and non-profit organizations. Individuals and/or non-profit organizations can be awarded up to $2,500 for submissions that meet… 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: Enhancing Ecotourism Along The Grand Strand

New kayak launches, directional and interpretive signs, along with picnic tables and gardens make the Waccamaw River Blue Trail a great place to recreate | © Charles Slate It’s a really exciting time for our work along the Waccamaw! In recent months we’ve partnered with a local chamber of commerce to promote ecotourism and build… Read more »

Paddle Event Celebrates One of Arizona’s Last Free-Flowing Rivers

Paddling on the Verde River | VRVNO We recently partnered with the Verde River Valley Nature Organization (VRVNO) to host a paddle event on the Verde River at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Arizona. This annual event coincides with Verde River Day, which celebrates the Verde River and its role as an important natural,… Read more »

President Obama’s budget calls for new Rivers Initiative

Washington, DC –  American Rivers applauded President Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today for launching a new Rivers Initiative, led by the Department of the Interior, to protect and restore rivers across the country. The President’s 2013 budget prioritizes within the new Rivers Initiative river restoration and recreation projects in all 50 states; the development… Read more »

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 »

New Protections for Wateree River

The Congaree Land Trust, a partner in the Wateree River Blue Trail Coalition, recently secured a conservation easement on the Wateree River that will protect the river’s unique natural values, wildlife habitat, and clean water for generations to come. The 1900 acre easement protects a significant section of the Wateree River near the Congaree National… Read more »