WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Clinton will travel to North Carolina next week to mark the designation of the New River as an ``American Heritage River'' deserving extra protection.

The designation of several protected waterways under the federal American Heritage Rivers Program will be announced on Monday, White House spokesman Mike McCurry said Thursday. He did not say which would be designated, other than the New River.

Earlier this year a presidential advisory committee recommended 10 waterways from Connecticut to Oregon for designation as American Heritage Rivers. They included the New River, which runs through parts of North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

The designations will allow communities, through a liaison called a ``river navigator,'' to tap existing federal resources and expertise in protecting and restoring the waterway.

Launched by Clinton last the fall, the effort drew nominations for river restoration from communities across the nation. The nominees were then reviewed by the advisory committee and forwarded to Clinton.

After the New River event, Clinton will travel to Raleigh to participate in political events for North Carolina Democrats, including John Edwards, a Senate candidate, McCurry said.

The 10 rivers nominated by the American Heritage advisory committee were: the Connecticut River in Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts; the Detroit River in Michigan, the Hanalei River in Hawaii, the New River; the Hudson River in New York, the Rio Grande in Texas, the Potomac River in Maryland Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia; the St. Johns River in Florida; the Upper Mississippi River in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and the Willamette River in Oregon.