There are many different ways to protect rivers, riverside lands and the benefits they provide to communities. In this resource center, you will find tools to protect rivers including information about source water protection, public lands protection, economic benefits of river protection and recreation, river recreation management and sustainable sources of funding for this work.

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National Water Trails System

The National Water Trails System is an interagency collaborative effort administered by the National Park Service through the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program and the National Trails System.... Read More

National Rivers Project

Hosted by the River Management Society, the National River Recreation Database provides comprehensive river recreation and management information useful to both resource managers and paddlers. Discover interactive maps, paddling and access information, and local managers for over 1,000 rivers in the United States.... Read More

Making the Economic Case for Water Trails

This report, written by the River Management Society, is a summary of findings from existing studies, which provide examples of the economic impact of water trails in their respective communities. It is meant to provide a helpful resource to communities interested in learning about the economic benefit water trails... Read More

Liability Toolbox

American Whitewater prepared this handbook in 1999 as a starting point for understanding the public’s rights (your rights) related to recreational use of private lands near the nation’s rivers and streams.... Read More

Investing in Forested Landscapes for Source Water Protection

This guide, written by World Resource Institute, is intended for community leaders in water utilities, local conservation groups, and private businesses, and who need a persuasive case, a road map of next steps, and overarching guidance to champion natural infrastructure options. It provides the resources, science and economics, illustrations,... Read More

Increasing protections for drinking water sources

River Network prepared this resource center to provide information for increasing protections for drinking water sources. It includes links to their Drinking Water Guide as well as other helpful reports and resources.... Read More

Forests to Faucets

This guide provides an introduction for community leaders as they seek to protect, manage and maintain source-water forests while outlining the economic and environmental benefits of well-managed forests for drinking water protection and describes the forest best management practices that optimize water quality and quantity benefits to downstream communities.... Read More