Part 2: Keeping the Verde River Healthy

American Rivers and a diverse group of local partners are developing a Blue Trail on the Verde River in Arizona. Guest blogger, Doug Von Gausig, Mayor of Clarkdale, Arizona, introduces the Verde River and our work to preserve and connect local communities to it through recreation in a three part blog series. Verde River Blue… Read more »

Part 1: Welcome to Central Arizona’s Oasis – The Verde River

American Rivers and a diverse group of local partners are developing a Blue Trail on the Verde River in Arizona. Guest blogger, Doug Von Gausig, Mayor of Clarkdale, Arizona, introduces the Verde River and our work to preserve and connect local communities to it through recreation in a three part blog series. Verde River Blue… Read more »

What’s Your River Story?

Verde River Blue Trail, AZ | Doug Von Gausig Rivers have always been an important part of my life. I come from a family of avid fly fishermen and my love for rivers comes from spending time with them playing in and along the rivers of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Having had those special experiences… Read more »

Healthy Rivers and Vibrant Cities

Lenexa, KS used green infrasture stormwater management to improve water quality, while also creating new recreational opportunities | USEPAgov Healthy rivers and vibrant cities go together – a Gallup poll reported that people who are more satisfied with their cities are those with access to clean and safe water. Like our work in Milwaukee, using… 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 »

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 »

Celebrating Independence Day in a Nation of River Advocates!

This is a guest blog from American Rivers’ Blue Trails intern William Meadows. This week we celebrated the United States of America’s 236th birthday. Fireworks could be seen in every direction here in the nation’s capital, location of American Rivers’ headquarters. This week we celebrated the United States of America’s 236th birthday. Fireworks could be… Read more »

Explore the America’s Rivers through “River Stories”

See The Stories Take a virtual tour down America’s rivers! Ever wonder what it’s like to travel down some of America’s most scenic rivers? American Rivers, the National Park Service, and local conservation and recreation groups across the country have teamed up to create, “River Stories.” Powered by National Geographic Maps GeoStories, “River Stories” uses… Read more »

American Rivers and National Park Service Launch “River Stories”

Washington, DC – American Rivers and the National Park Service have teamed up to create “River Stories,” an innovative, web-based storytelling format that aims to engage people in understanding, enjoying, and conserving their waterways. Using the National Geographic Maps groundbreaking GeoStories platform, River Stories combines maps, photos, and video to take viewers on virtual tours… Read more »