American Rivers applauds Obama Administration’s creation of new National Water Trails System

February 29, 2012
Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the creation of a new National Water Trails System. The system will increase access to water-based outdoor recreation, encourage community stewardship of local waterways, and promote tourism that fuels local economies across America.

Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, made the following statement:
“We applaud Secretary Salazar and the Obama Administration for recognizing the importance of healthy rivers to our communities. Rivers connect us to each other, to nature, and to future generations. The new National Water Trails System will connect more Americans to their rivers, promoting healthy lifestyles, benefitting river health and clean water, and boosting local economies. We also look forward to working with the Administration in the coming year in support of the National Blueways Initiative, as called for by President Obama in his America’s Great Outdoors report, to protect and restore rivers and connect communities, from the Congaree River in South Carolina to the San Joaquin River in California.”

Read more about the new National Water Trails System
http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/New-National-Water-Trails-System-to-Promote-Healthy-Accessible-Rivers.cfm

Read more about American Rivers and our work to establish Blue Trails
http://www.americanrivers.org/our-work/protecting-rivers/blue-trails/

Watch our video about Blue Trails
www.americanrivers.org/bluetrailsvideo

Amy Kober
Senior Communications Director
American Rivers
503-827-8648
503-708-1145 (cell)
[email protected]
www.americanrivers.org