Congaree River Blue Trail Photo Wins National Contest

Washington, DC -The Congaree River Blue Trail, the first water trail in South Carolina to be designated a National Recreation Trail, has one more thing to add to its resume.  Recently a photo of the trail won the annual National Recreation Trail Photo Contest.  American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, played an instrumental… Read more »

Conservation Groups Applaud Senate Passage of SC Water Permitting Bill

Columbia – A bill passed by the South Carolina Senate today is a good step toward ensuring reliable, predictable clean water supplies for the state’s communities and protecting the health of the state’s rivers and lakes, conservation groups said. American Rivers, the Coastal Conservation League, and other partners worked for years to negotiate the provisions… Read more »

American Rivers names GA’s Clayton County one of nation’s top ‘water wise’ communities

Washington, DC — American Rivers today named Clayton County, Georgia as one of the nation’s top “water wise” communities protecting clean water and public health with innovative green solutions. The county was chosen for its innovative water recycling system. The report, “Natural Security: how sustainable water strategies are preparing communities for a changing climate,” comes as… Read more »

Budget Woes – Clean Water At Risk

Okay, well clearly the debt ceiling debate is the capital “B” budget woe at this point. However, as the House continues to debate the budget for environmental programs, clean water is at-risk from stark funding cuts and a series of policy riders including efforts to allow mountaintop removal mining and pollution of small streams and… Read more »

Good News for Congaree National Park

Citizens of South Carolina received some good news earlier this fall.  The Congaree National Park, the highlight of the Congaree River Blue Trail, is getting bigger. Through the Leadership of Senator Lindsay Graham and Representative James Clyburn, Congress voted to fund the expansion of South Carolina’s only National Park by 2,000 acres.  The expansion will… Read more »

One Book, One Columbia Paddle on the Congaree Blue Trail

View photos of the event. The Congaree River truly showed its ability to connect the Columbia, SC metro area communities when American Rivers hosted a river paddle on Saturday, March 24 to celebrate the Congaree River Blue Trail and Three Rivers Greenway.  Press conference speakers, including the Mayor of Cayce and members of Columbia City… Read more »

Supporting Agricultural Conservation Programs

The intensification of farming has artificially drained and compacted the land increasing flooding throughout the nation.  In fact, runoff from farms is the leading source of impairments to surveyed rivers and lakes and is a major contributor to the Gulf of Mexico hypoxia problem. Although these challenges are real, the conservation programs under NRCS continue… Read more »