Scavenger hunt without a list

One stuffed lamb. One locket. Five mismatched flip-flops. One small grill. One tire. Dozens of bottles. Countless cigarette butts. Sometimes river cleanups feel like a scavenger hunt without a list. Last week we hosted a river cleanup in honor of National AmeriCorps Week at the Auburn State Recreation Area in California. Eight AmeriCorps members from… 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 »

Plastic Is Everywhere!

Plastic is an amazing human invention that has changed every facet of life as we know it. Most of us use it everyday, just for a few minutes, and then throw it away. In certain forms, plastic can be recycled into new products like clothing, furniture, and decking. However, much of it created is not recycled or recyclable…. 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 »

Cleaning Up Where We Play

An REI volunteer surveys the trash collected from the boat launch on the Juniata River Water Trail | Peter Roquemore Rivers are focal points in communities and river cleanups draw volunteers from all walks of life. One of my favorite parts of a river cleanup is meeting people and learning their motivations for volunteering their… Read more »

Successful Ashley River Clean Up

Ashley River Clean Up – March 21, 2105 | © SSWA The Summerville Saltwater Anglers, a family oriented fishing club, held a successful second annual Ashley River Cleanup March 21 at Jessen’s landing. The group has adopted the Ashley River, American Rivers newest Blue Trail. This year’s event was twice as big as last year… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Read Me A River

One of the best things about winter is getting to curl up with a good book. So how about a good river read with your favorite kid…  Here are some recommendations from some of our staff: For starters, there’s “Trout, Trout, Trout (a fish chant)” written by April Pulley Sayre that highlights freshwater fish in the… Read more »