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 »

Water Bottles Pollute River Clean-up

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to join our National River Clean-up Coordinator Ginny Crake on a clean-up event with Catholic University’s incoming first year law students at Rock Creek Park. This was a special occasion for me for a number of reasons; first because I live in the backyard of Rock Creek, second, because I lived… Read more »

The Long-term Progress on the Great Miami River

For four years in a row, American Rivers and Cox Conserves has been working to cleanup the Great Miami River, OH | © Courtney Barefoot “It’s really not that bad out here.” I heard this comment repeated by more than one person on Friday, July 19th at the fourth annual Clean Sweep of the Great… Read more »

Happy New Year from a Creek in Central Pennsylvania

Bermudian Creek, PA | Liz Deardorff My vision of breaking a snowy cross-country trail through a West Virginia wilderness was dismissed by unseasonably balmy weather, so Christmas morning my husband and I sought the wonder of the holiday through the eyes of our three year old granddaughter — just the inspiration we needed to lift… 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 »

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 »