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 »

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 »

Waccamaw River Blue Trail Kick-off Event This Saturday, June 20

Columbia – American Rivers, along with its partners, Winyah Rivers Foundation’s Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® and the Pee Dee Land Trust, are hosting the Waccamaw River Blue Trail kick-off this Saturday, June 20. Prior to the paddle there will be brief remarks from Staci Williams, the new Waccamaw River Blue Trail Organizer and special guests Carl Schwartzkopf,… Read more »

American Rivers Appeals State Water Permit for Catawba-Wateree Dams

Columbia, SC — American Rivers and the Coastal Conservation League said today that South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) isn’t doing enough to protect the health of the Catawba and Wateree rivers at five dams operated by Duke Energy. The groups are challenging the water quality permit issued by DHEC for the… Read more »

South Carolina Takes Step to Protect Clean Water, Public Health

Columbia, SC – Every year, more than 860 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage foul America’s waters and threaten public health, but most people have no idea that these spills occur in their local rivers and streams. Last month, thanks to the advocacy of American Rivers and our partners, the South Carolina General Assembly… Read more »

Wateree Blue Trail Dedication Ceremony This Saturday, June 6

Columbia – The Wateree Blue Trail Dedication will take place this Saturday, June 6, on National Trails Day.  Speakers include South Carolina State Senator Vincent A. Sheheen and other community leaders. Reporters are invited to attend the dedication and an inaugural paddle immediately following the dedication (details are at the end of this release). This… Read more »

Voices of Rivers

There are a lot of things I love about rivers and a lot of things I love to do on rivers but I think highest on my list is the extended river trip. For me, there is nothing like putting in at a location, preferably as close to the headwaters as possible, and paddling or… Read more »

Successful Habitat Restoration Projects

Morgan Point Bendway Closure Structure, ArkansasThe $2.7 million project was designed to restore flows to the Morgan Point Bendway, which was cut off when the Wilbur D. Mills Dam was constructed. An overflow weir closure structure at the mouth of the bendway and a water supply pipeline from the dam was built. Additionally, some areas… Read more »

Water Efficiency in the Southeast

Local governments are uniquely positioned to manage municipal water use.  American Rivers has been working with communities across the Southeast to adopt policies that increase water efficiency and decrease water waste.  These policies are outlined in our report, Hidden Reservoir: Why Water Efficiency is the Best Solution for the Southeast.  Communities like Atlanta, GA, Charlotte,… Read more »

Saluda River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington— Clean water and quality of life will be increasingly at risk unless sewage pollution in the Saluda River is reduced. This threat landed the Saluda in the number six spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2009 edition. The Saluda provides drinking water for more than 500,000 people, is a hotspot for recreation, and contributes… Read more »