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 »

Blue Trails Guide

Coming Soon: The Blue Trails Guide A river house on west creek, Waccamaw River, SC | Charles Slate We’re very excited to announce that we are completely overhauling and updating the Blue Trails Guide website. It will provide better resources and great ways for you to connect with your river. Stay tuned for a relaunch… Read more »

Water Trails as a Winter Wonderland

Today’s post is by guest author Susan Culp, Verde River project coordinator In the Verde River Valley, we rang in the New Year with a rare treat – a winter storm that brought a steady, beautiful snowfall, with accumulations measuring over a foot throughout many parts of northern Arizona. In the desert high country of… 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 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 »

Ohio Designates New Water Trail

Sections of the Vermilion and Black Rivers have been designated an Ohio Water Trail according to an announcement by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft. The 27-mile Vermilion-Lorain Water Trail offers recreational users the opportunity to paddle portions of both rivers and a connecting section of waterway along the Lake Erie shoreline… Read more »

Save the Delaware on International Rivers Day!

  Protect the Delaware River on International Rivers Day!    All across the world today, communities are coming together and speaking out for better protections of our waterways.  Currently, America’s Most Endangered River® of 2010, the Delaware [PDF], is threatened by the Susquehanna-Roseland 500kV Electric Transmission Line.  We believe construction of the proposed project would have… Read more »