A River by Any Other Name

Click to enlarge. Map by Derek Watkins What do you call your local stream?  Check out this fascinating map with its “Lite-Brite-esque” quality. This map, designed by Derek Watkins, makes the connection between regional usage of words for the common term “river” or “stream.” It is a thought-provoking visual representation that links cultural, environmental and geographic… Read more »

Not Your Typical Cleanup

American Rivers’ National River Cleanup™ offers a variety of support to registered river cleanup organizers. Generally, river cleanups involve walking along a shoreline or paddling in boats to remove typical debris like bottles, food containers, and packaging. But in the case of the Friends of the Patapsco Valley State Park cleanup—this trash isn’t typical! Volunteers… Read more »

MillerCoors Employees Clean Up Local Rivers During Great Water Month

MillerCoors celebrates Great Water Month in Golden, CO | MillerCoors Personally, I love a cold beer after a float down the river.  And you certainly can’t call yourself a “beer lover” without recognizing how important clean water is to the production of that bit of frothy goodness.  Water is essential to every step of the… Read more »

The Infamous Stringdusters: Giving Back While on Tour

The Infamous Stringdusters lend a hand at a National River Cleanup® event in Missoula, MT | © Michael Fiebig August days in Montana tend to be hot, dry, and sunny. This day was no different, making the cool water of the Clark Fork River feel that much more refreshing on our legs as we picked… Read more »

Kids Can Make A Difference For Endangered Rivers

How can kids make a difference for our endangered rivers? | press4kids Last week, we released our annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report. My favorite interview was with press4kids, a daily news app for kids and schools. I was happy to get the call because I love any chance to get children excited about rivers… Read more »

2014 National River Cleanup Photo Contest Ballot!

National River Cleanup has had a ton of fun looking through all of the submitted photos from the past year and we’re excited to release our top ten finalists! Volunteers at cleanups registered with National River Cleanup removed 4.3 million pounds of trash and debris from our nation’s waterways in 2014! Our top ten finalists… Read more »

Announcing the 2010 National River Cleanup Photo Contest Winner

American Rivers would like to congratulate the Earth Club from Calallen High School who hosted a National River Cleanup™ on the Nueces River near Corpus Christi, Texas in early April this year.  Their group photo won the photo contest with 473 votes! Linda Mix was the Cleanup Organizer and photographer. Her group successfully removed about 600… Read more »

One Man’s Vision: First Ever Rock River Sweep

Frank Masterman is a man of vision and passion.  He understands the multitude of problems trash cause in his local Rock River in Oregon, Illinois and was inspired to take action.  He has transformed what began as a single cleanup in 2009 into the “1st ever Great Rock River Sweep.”  As part of American Rivers’… Read more »

The Clean Water Act Through The Generations: Generation Y Series

How has the Clean Water Act impacted your life? For those of us who weren’t alive when the Clean Water Act was passed into law in 1972, we interpret this law through the eyes of Generation Y. Having fun at a National River Cleanup event | American Rivers Leading an 8 person boat, listening to the… Read more »

Cleaning Up the Winooski with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.

For the 9th year in a row, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ employees came out to cleanup the Winooski River, VT | © Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. Last month I had the pleasure of traveling to Vermont to hang with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) as they cleaned up the Winooski River. This weeklong… Read more »