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 »

Waccamaw River Blue Trail to be extended to North Carolina

Communities across the nation are beginning to recognize the variety of benefits their local rivers offer and are taking steps to ensure their protection through the creation of Blue Trails. American Rivers and its partners have been working to create the Waccamaw River Blue Trail in South Carolina and now an effort is underway to… 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 »

Show Your Love For Water Trails: Join Trails Advocacy Week

Register today for American Hiking Society’s Hike The Hill: Trails Advocacy Week February 12-17, 2011. Trail advocates from across the nation will come to the nation’s capital to promote and protect our nation’s system of trails – including water trails. Come talk to your elected officials about your water trail and get up to speed… Read more »

Enjoying A Restored Sandy River

NOTE: We’re pleased to welcome Thomas O’Keefe, PhD, for this guest post. Tom is a river ecologist and the Pacific Northwest Stewardship Director for American Whitewater, a national river conservation organization and a partner with American Rivers in river conservation and restoration efforts across the country. Three years ago I was there on the banks… Read more »

Read Me A River

One of the best things about winter is getting to curl up with a good book. So how about a good river read with your favorite kid…  Here are some recommendations from some of our staff: For starters, there’s “Trout, Trout, Trout (a fish chant)” written by April Pulley Sayre that highlights freshwater fish in the… Read more »

Paddling With Mayor Steve Benjamin

Recently I had the opportunity to go on a paddle trip with Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin and over two dozen young African-American professionals.  The paddle trip was a part of Mayor Benjamin’s Talented Tenth Conference. The purpose of the conference was to show young educated African American’s that Columbia has a high quality of… 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 »

Not Just a Drop in the Bucket

This morning I woke up, brushed my teeth, took a shower, brewed a cup of tea and made a bowl of oatmeal, filled my iron and pressed my clothes, washed my dishes, got ready for work and went to the office. With the exception of turning off the faucet as I was brushing, and being… Read more »

Highlights from This Summer’s America’s Great Outdoors Work

It has been an exciting and rewarding summer leading American Rivers’ on–the-ground efforts for America’s Great Outdoors.  While I love living and working in the Southeast, it was great to have the opportunity to travel throughout the country spreading the river and bluetrails message, working with dozens of incredible state and local organizations, and returning… Read more »