Report: New water supply reservoirs risky ventures in the Southeast

Washington – Southeast U.S. communities should think twice before building new water supply reservoirs, according to a report released today by American Rivers. The report, Money Pit: The High Cost and High Risk of Water Supply Reservoirs in the Southeast, documents the financial risks and water resource risks tied to the development of new reservoirs… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Community leaders enjoy paddling the Ashley River

Today’s blog is a guest post by Howard Bridgman. Paddling on the Ashley River Blue Trail | Gerrit Jobsis It was a beautiful crisp November afternoon; the tide was full – just beginning to ebb – as our group followed the river downstream. We paddled past Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site in view of the… Read more »

2015 River Cleanup Recap

2015 has been a great year for National River Cleanup! Because of the hard work of all the cleanup coordinators and volunteers, communities have cleaner rivers, safer drinking water, and more scenic waterways for all to enjoy. Now it’s time to look back over the highlights and get ready for next year.

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 »