Report calls for nationwide system of blue trails

Imagine a nationwide network of blue trails — rivers and streams from coast to coast, linking communities and providing recreation opportunities, not to mention priceless services like clean drinking water, natural flood protection, and wildlife habitat. A report released today by the Outdoor Resources Review Group supports the vision of American Rivers in creating this nationwide… Read more »

Southeast water and beyond

Guest post by Gerrit Jobsis, southeast regional director of American Rivers: I was pleased to serve on a discussion panel after the showing of the award winning documentary film, FLOW – For Love of Water, directed by Irena Salina.  The film chronicles the dire prospect of a global shortage of clean water and how multinational… Read more »

Waccamaw Partners Celebrate Blue Trail Map Release and LWCF Land Acquisition

Enjoying a community paddle on the Waccamaw | Staci Williams Recently, American Rivers celebrated the release of the Waccamaw Blue Trail map and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) acquisition of a tract of land within the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge and adjacent to the Waccamaw River. This key acquisition is important because it… Read more »

Fishing with Dad

In celebration of the Clean Water Act’s 40th Anniversary this month, avid fly-fisherman and American Rivers staff member Steve White writes about how clean water has impacted him throughout his life. Fishing with my son at Green Cove Creek in Virginia | Steve White Like many of the people I fish with these days, I… Read more »

Response to Duke Energy’s Statement on the Catawba River Coal Ash Ponds

It is our understanding that Duke Energy issued a preemptive statement on April 16, 2013 in anticipation of American Rivers’ designation of the Catawba River as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.  Rick Gaskins, Executive Director and Catawba Riverkeeper, provides a section-by-section response to Duke’s statement below in italics.  Duke Energy Statement: It’s disappointing that… Read more »

Wateree River Blue Trail

The Wateree River Blue Trail, near Camden, South Carolina, winds 75 miles to meet the Congaree River Blue Trail at Congaree National Park. The first section is dominated by rocky shoals and changes downstream with increasing sinuosity as it flows through floodplain forests. Its east bank is bordered by Manchester State Forest and Poinsett State… Read more »

Cheoah River Flows Again

Cheoah River by Abby Rose Cantrell When the Tallassee Power Company (or TAPOCO) closed the gates on the Santeetlah Dam in 1928, North Carolina’s Cheoah River vanished. For nearly 75 years, the riverbed was almost completely dry. At the Santeetlah dam, the Cheoah’s entire flow disappeared into a steel pipe that cut though a mountain… Read more »

VIDEO: Improving hydropower dams benefits rivers

Dams hurt rivers. They block a river’s flow and harm water quality, fish and wildlife, and recreational opportunities. In some cases where a dam is outdated, unsafe, or has outlived its usefulness, American Rivers advocates for dam removal. But in many cases, keeping a working hydropower dam in place makes sense. And with some upgrades… Read more »

Waccamaw River Blue Trail: Enhancing Ecotourism Along The Grand Strand

New kayak launches, directional and interpretive signs, along with picnic tables and gardens make the Waccamaw River Blue Trail a great place to recreate | © Charles Slate It’s a really exciting time for our work along the Waccamaw! In recent months we’ve partnered with a local chamber of commerce to promote ecotourism and build… Read more »

Haw River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014: Haw River North Carolina Threat: Polluted runoff At Risk: Clean water and public health Haw River, NC | © Donald Lee Pardue The Haw River is an important resource for more than a million people providing drinking water and recreation in central North Carolina. Unfortunately, rollbacks of rules designed… Read more »