American Rivers Kicks Off National River Cleanup Season

Washington, DC  - American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for healthy rivers and clean water, today announced the kickoff of National River Cleanup®. For over two decades this program has mobilized hundreds of thousands of volunteers to pick up trash from rivers nationwide. Healthy rivers provide major benefits like clean drinking water, wildlife habitat, and recreation… Read more »

National River Cleanup® joins forces on the Potomac River

National River Cleanup® joined the Potomac Conservancy last Saturday for a sunny and productive morning out on our nation’s River.  The river cleanup site in Cabin John, Maryland along the C&O Canal was one of hundreds of cleanup sites that worked out on the Potomac River as part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation 24th Annual… Read more »

New River Ambassador Program for River Businesses!

What’s better than floating lazily down the river on a summer afternoon? Or battling the rapids as you paddle down the river?  Or dropping a line in your favorite stream as the sun is coming up?  River-related businesses help make all of these experiences possible. They are also some of the best advocates for clean,… Read more »

Earth Day 2012: How will you celebrate?

April 22, 1970 – let’s take a walk down memory lane.  In the heart of flower power, Nixon’s presidency, the Vietnam War, the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency and the last Beatles’ album – the modern environmental movement was born.  Protest marked the landscape, but saving the planet was not high on the priority… Read more »

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 »

Plastic, Plastic Everywhere

…with more than enough to spare. As part of the National River Cleanup® efforts we ask our organizers to fill out a post-event survey once the river cleanup is over.  We collect this information to better understand what types of trash are polluting our waterways.  Can you take a wild guess what the number one… Read more »

Be the Change in 2012: Register with National River Cleanup®

The time has come. Embrace your inner community-organizer roots and organize a river cleanup in 2012.  Perhaps river cleanups have always been a part of your life.  Maybe you participated in a river cleanup as a child in girl or boy scouts, with your church group, through your school or volunteered at your local nature… Read more »

Five New Year’s resolutions for rivers

How do you make a great New Year’s resolution?  Make it practical, make it public, and make it matter. With this in mind, we’ve created a list of easy-to-keep river resolutions for 2012. Each one can fit easily into your life, and will benefit both you and the world around you. To make it public,… Read more »

Congratulations 2011 National River Cleanup Photo Contest Winner!

American Rivers would like to congratulate the National River Cleanup® Ohio River Sweep participants in submitting the best photo of 2011! Jeanne Ison of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, submitted this photo of her adorable granddaughter, Christina Crouch, age 3. Their family both organizes and participates in this cleanup every year and together… Read more »

Taking out the trash with REI

On a cool, crisp morning in late September, I had the privilege of joining 150 REI employees, local organizations, volunteers and citizens of Bedford County on the banks the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River in Pennsylvania. This annual river cleanup is made possible thanks our generous sponsors, REI. The cleanup not only doubled in… Read more »