What’s In Your Water: The State of Public Notification in 11 U.S. States

Executive Summary Our clean water is threatened by aging, overburdened sewer systems that overflow more than 860 billion gallons of raw and partially-treated sewage into our rivers and streams every year. Sewage spills threaten public health, spoil recreation, hinder economic values, and harm wildlife. As pipes age and the population grows, America’s overburdened wastewater infrastructure… Read more »

Congaree River Blue Trail

American Rivers has been instrumental in assuring enhanced stream flows to support recreation and habitat for fish and wildlife as part of a new federal licensing for upstream dams. There is much to explore along the Congaree River. Starting near Columbia, the 50 mile Blue Trail offers opportunities to experience the area’s rich history and… Read more »

Waccamaw River Blue Trail

May 2013 – Waccamaw named National Water Trail - NPS Site, Celebratory Paddle photos and video Considered one of the finest blackwater rivers in the Southeast, the Waccamaw River provides clean drinking water, scenic landscapes, diverse fish and wildlife, outstanding recreation, and is an economic driver that serves the region. Despite this, the Waccamaw is under… 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 »

Hidden Reservoir: Why Water Efficiency is the Best Solution for the Southeast

Read the Full Report Executive Summary The Southeast United States faces unprecedented challenges to its water supply. Growing populations and the impacts of climate change are putting new strains on communities and their rivers. Our local leaders are facing the pressing question of how to ensure a clean, reliable water supply for current and future generations. Traditionally,… Read more »

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 »

“Blue Trail” to be created on the Waccamaw River

Thanks to a generous grant from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, American Rivers, along with its partners, Winyah Rivers Foundation’s Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER®, and the Pee Dee Land Trust, will begin work in Horry and Georgetown Counties to create a blue trail on the Waccamaw River. The goals of this three year project are to… Read more »

No Progress on Catawba-Wateree, America’s Most Endangered River

Columbia, SC — Eight months after American Rivers named the Catawba-Wateree America’s Most Endangered River™for 2008, legislators in South Carolina and North Carolina still have not acted to improve water management. American Rivers and local partners are calling on North Carolina and South Carolina to implement sensible water supply and water efficiency policies throughout the… Read more »

Legislature Should Establish Flow Protections for State’s Rivers

Columbia, SC — On the eve of a meeting between river science experts and state legislators, American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, called on the South Carolina legislature to establish protections for river flows to safeguard clean water, fish and wildlife, recreation, and local economies.  The South Carolina Independent Science Review Panel for… Read more »

American Rivers Releases the Blue Trails Guide

(Washington, DC) American Rivers today released the Blue Trails Guide, to help promote river recreation and conservation in local communities. Blue trails, the water equivalent to hiking trails, have the potential to stimulate local economies, encourage physical fitness, improve community pride, and make rivers and communities healthier. The Blue Trails Guide is designed to make… Read more »