Impact of Mountaintop Mining on Public Health

Today’s guest blog for our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series is a discussion of public health near the Coal River from Pamela Johnson, a Registered Nurse: Take Action to Protect theCoal River Tell Congress to protect rivers like the Coal and put clean water and healthy communities over mining profits/operations! As a child, a stream… Read more »

Obama prioritizes rivers and blue trails in America’s Great Outdoors

You spoke, and the Obama Administration listened. This past spring, President Obama launched the America’s Great Outdoors initiative aimed at preserving our natural resources and promoting recreation, especially among youth. American Rivers rallied thousands of supporters like you nationwide to turn out across the country at official and homegrown listening sessions hosted by the administration. All… Read more »

Report: River Recreation Boosts Economy and Creates Jobs

Watersport recreation is the second largest sector of the outdoor industry. Rogue River, OR | David Moryc The Outdoor Industry Association recently released a groundbreaking report, “The Outdoor Recreation Economy: Take it Outside for American Jobs and a Strong Economy,” detailing the economic impact of outdoor recreation in the U.S. This report is a follow… Read more »

Verde River

Verde River, AZ | © Doug Von Gausig American Rivers is working with local partners to preserve the Verde and connect local communities to the river through recreation, such as fishing, boating, and wildlife watching. Our goal is to raise awareness about the river and the benefits it provides, build support within the community for… Read more »

Transforming A Forgotten Creek Into A Community Treasure

Kayaking Hitchcock Creek | Bob Irvin “This all has far exceeded our expectations” Rockingham, NC mayor Steve Morris told American Rivers’ President Bob Irvin and me as he drove us on an early May day to the Roberdel Access. We were going to kayak down the Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail [PDF] to celebrate its official… Read more »

Colorado River Initiative: Purposeful Protection of River Corridors

Rafting the Upper Colorado River fun in Eagle County has historically been concentrated along the upper reaches of the Colorado River, leaving about 40 miles of river lonely and underutilized. However, in 2011, Eagle County Open Space (ECOS) and several partners began a concerted effort to protect the river corridor and improve access along some… Read more »

American Rivers Releases the Blue Trails Guide

(Washington, DC) American Rivers today released the Blue Trails Guide, to help promote river recreation and conservation in local communities. Blue trails, the water equivalent to hiking trails, have the potential to stimulate local economies, encourage physical fitness, improve community pride, and make rivers and communities healthier. The Blue Trails Guide is designed to make… Read more »

Blue Trails: Protection through Recreation

Waccamaw River Blue Trail, SC | Charles Slate Although most Americans live within a mile of a river or stream, many don’t realize the central role that hometown rivers play in enhancing community quality of life. A healthy river provides plentiful supplies of clean drinking water, thriving fish and wildlife habitat, natural protection from flooding,… Read more »

Join Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on live webchat on river protection and restoration, Wednesday, February 29, at 1:20 p.m. ET.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and Rebecca Wodder, Senior Advisor to Secretary Salazar, invite you to participate in a live webchat on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at 1:20 p.m.ET. at The conversation will focus on President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative and the Administration’s efforts to restore and conserve our nation’s treasured rivers…. Read more »