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 »

Waccamaw River Blue Trail Partners Announce Logo Contest Winner

  American Rivers, and partners, the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® and Pee Dee Land Trust, would like to congratulate Coastal Carolina University student, Matthew Gray, for creating the winning logo for the Waccamaw River Blue Trail. To meet Matthew and hear a little about his motivation for designing the logo, visit the Sun News website to view… Read more »

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 »

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 »

670 Acres on the Waccamaw River Saved

Lake Waccamaw swamp | Laila Johnston A significant stride occurred in protecting the Waccamaw River as the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust has completed the purchase of 670 acres of bottomland hardwoods and cypress-gum swamp along the Waccamaw River just south of Lake Waccamaw State Park in North Carolina. The Waccamaw River flows south from… 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 »