Friday’s White House Conference on Conservation

On Friday, I had the privilege of attending the White House Conference on Conservation held at the Department of the Interior. It was an inspirational afternoon, with river restoration prominently featured. President Obama spoke about initiatives to promote stream restoration and provide opportunities for fishing and other outdoor recreation. Hearing the President address these issues,… Read more »

Obama Administration’s announces new National Water Trails System

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced last week the creation of a new National Water Trails System. The system will increase access to water-based outdoor recreation, encourage community stewardship of local waterways, and promote tourism that fuels local economies across America. American Rivers applauds Secretary Salazar and the Obama Administration for recognizing the importance… 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 www.doi.gov/live. 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 »

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 »

Winter Wonders: Five Rivers to Enjoy Now

River recreation and travel – not to mention beauty – don’t freeze up after summer vacation season. Here’s a look at five rivers that remain active and enjoyable during the winter months and what American Rivers is doing to save these special places. Click on the photos to enlarge. Simple Luxuries Columbia River Gorge (Washington… Read more »

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 »

One Book, One Columbia reading with American Rivers

One Book, One Columbia kicked off last week reading “Saints at the River” by Ron Rash.  All residents of the city will read the same book at the same time over the next six weeks.  With a wild and scenic rivers theme, it was only natural for the Columbia, SC office of American Rivers to… Read more »

Verde River Blue Trail Kick-Off

Earlier this month I made my first trip to the Verde River in Arizona. Thanks to the generous support of the Walton Family Foundation, American Rivers is helping communities along the Verde to develop a Blue Trail, the water equivalent to a hiking trail. We held our first meeting with the City of Clarkdale, The… Read more »

A Weekend on the Congaree River Blue Trail

I finally did it. I finally paddled to the end of the Congaree River Blue Trail – in one weekend. After leaving cars at the take-out, we were on the river by noon on Friday and off the river by 3:00 on Sunday. We put in at the Cayce Landing and took out at Bates… Read more »

Journey down the Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail

Take a kayak journey down the Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail. Until recently, a dam degrade and blocked migrating fish from spawning habitat and prevented the community of Rockingham, North Carolina from safely enjoying their river through boating and fishing. With the help of American Rivers, NOAA, and others, the dam has been removed and plans… Read more »