New Protections for Wateree River

The Congaree Land Trust, a partner in the Wateree River Blue Trail Coalition, recently secured a conservation easement on the Wateree River that will protect the river’s unique natural values, wildlife habitat, and clean water for generations to come. The 1900 acre easement protects a significant section of the Wateree River near the Congaree National… 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 »

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 »

Protecting River Flow with the Public Trust Doctrine

This is a guest blog by Steve Gilbert of the South Carolina Wildlife Federation. Saluda River, SC | Gerrit Jobsis Streamflow and water use is a pervasive issue across the country including the Southeast, a region often considered to be water rich. In South Carolina the Surface Water Withdrawal Act of 2010 that exempts agricultural… Read more »

American Rivers and Partners Celebrate Congaree River Blue Trail National Recreation Trail Designation with Ceremonial Paddle

Congaree River Blue Trail guide available online at http://congareeriverbluetrail.blogspot.com/ Columbia, S.C. — American Rivers and its Congaree River Blue Trail partners hosted a celebration today marking the one year anniversary of the dedication of the Congaree River Blue Trail and its recent designation as a National Recreation Trail. The celebration consisted of a ceremonial paddle… Read more »

Kershaw County, SC’s river protections are a national model

Columbia, SC – American Rivers today applauded Kershaw County for taking bold steps to protect its clean water, calling the county’s new package of zoning rules a model for other counties nationwide. On February 23, the Kershaw County Council voted unanimously to pass a new package of zoning and land development regulations. An ordinance is… Read more »

One Book, One Columbia reading with American Rivers

One Book, One Columbia kicked off last week reading “Saints at the River” by Ron Rash.  All residents of the city will read the same book at the same time over the next six weeks.  With a wild and scenic rivers theme, it was only natural for the Columbia, SC office of American Rivers to… Read more »

Waccamaw River Blue Trail Kick-Off

 Saturday’s kick-off paddle for the Waccamaw River Blue Trail was a big success!  The morning began with a brief press event with guest speakers Bridgette Johnson, of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, and Larry White, a Conway City Councilmen.  Ms. Johnson spoke of the economic benefits of a healthy Waccamaw River as well as… Read more »