American Rivers hosting March 24 paddle on Congaree River Blue Trail

Columbia – American Rivers will host a paddle event on Saturday, March 24 to celebrate the Congaree River Blue Trail and Three Rivers Greenway. This event is made possible by support from the Richland County Conservation Commission and is also a culmination of the city’s “One Book, One Columbia” project which used the book Saints… Read more »

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 »

New Bipartisan Report Endorses Blue Trails

Several months ago we blogged about a report released by the Outdoor Resources Review Group that supports American Rivers’ vision of creating a nationwide system of blue trails. Blue trails are the water equivalent to hiking trails. They link together communities and provide families opportunities to have fun outside, not to mention invaluable services like… Read more »

Part 3: The Verde: A River Transformed

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 »

Waccamaw River Blue Trail Kick-Off

 Saturday’s kick-off paddle for the Waccamaw River Blue Trail was a big success!  The morning began with a brief press event with guest speakers Bridgette Johnson, of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, and Larry White, a Conway City Councilmen.  Ms. Johnson spoke of the economic benefits of a healthy Waccamaw River as well as… Read more »

Waccamaw: Paddling with a Community

Last weekend, I rolled up under the Main Street Bridge in Conway, South Carolina, to see more than 40 people already unloading the kayaks and canoes and getting into the water! What a site to see so many people laughing and excited to get out on the blackwater Waccamaw River Blue Trail on a sunny… Read more »

Waccamaw River Blue Trail: Enhancing Ecotourism Along The Grand Strand

New kayak launches, directional and interpretive signs, along with picnic tables and gardens make the Waccamaw River Blue Trail a great place to recreate | © Charles Slate It’s a really exciting time for our work along the Waccamaw! In recent months we’ve partnered with a local chamber of commerce to promote ecotourism and build… Read more »

Paddle Event Celebrates One of Arizona’s Last Free-Flowing Rivers

Paddling on the Verde River | VRVNO We recently partnered with the Verde River Valley Nature Organization (VRVNO) to host a paddle event on the Verde River at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Arizona. This annual event coincides with Verde River Day, which celebrates the Verde River and its role as an important natural,… Read more »

Ashley RiverFest Lets First-Time Visitors Test the Waters

American Rivers and a diverse group of local partners are developing a Blue Trail for the Ashley River in South Carolina. Guest blogger, Howard Bridgman, former Summerville Town Council member and founding member of the Ashley Scenic River Advisory Council, writes about our work to connect local communities to the river through recreation and finding… 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 »