2014 Highlights for Endangered Rivers

This has been an exciting week for American Rivers, as we released our list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014! Since we have been seeing such great press for our rivers over the past few days, I wanted to share a few of the highlights with you.

National Coverage— We came out of the gate running strong with this year’s list! We saw stories on Yahoo News, NBC News, USA Today, National Geographic, and Circle of Blue. Our Senior Vice President for Conservation, Chris Williams, was even on Al Jazeera’s Consider This! We also saw some great slideshows on Parade Magazine, LiveScience, and Outside Magazine.

River-Specific Coverage— Coverage of the #1 San Joaquin River listing kicked off with a front page article in the Fresno Bee! You can listen to a story on Capital Public Radio, read a story in the Fresno Business Journal, or watch a San Joaquin slideshow on LiveScience. We’re also seeing some highlights focusing on our other California listing, the San Francisquito Creek. The San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle have articles that you might like to see.

Following up on our #1 Colorado River listing in 2013, we have more listings this year in the basin. The #2 Upper Colorado River has had some great coverage in Summit Daily, KREX TV, Aspen Public Radio, SkyHi Daily News, and Craig Daily Press. Also, the #4 Gila River has been highlighted in the Albuquerque Daily News.

Our rivers in the Southeast are making a great showing this year! The #6 South Fork Edisto River is popping up all over, including in the Charleston Post and Courier, The State, Aiken Standard, and many other outlets. The #9 Haw River was featured in a great TV news piece on WRAL, in addition to articles in The Times-News, The News & Observer, and WUNC, among others. Some media have taken advantage of the two listings in the South and produced a double whammy, including the AP and Southern Studies.

The mighty Middle Mississippi River (#3) is getting some attention in the Midwest on St. Louis Public Radio, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and WFPL.

Up the Northwest we are seeing some nice stories from Missoulian, Missoula Independent, and Boise Weekly on the #10 Clearwater & Lochsa Rivers. Finally, the coverage rounds out with a story on the #8 White River in Washington on the King 5 News.

Don’t forget to take action on behalf of these special rivers! Also, check out Orvis’ Angler’s Choice Contest to vote for your favorite river, and get a chance to win some great gear.

4 Responses to “2014 Highlights for Endangered Rivers”

Robert McManus

The St Croix River is currently being bridged by an oversized bridge to nowhere(soon to be the WI development, tan-town nightmare), 3 miles upriver from the already huge I-94 crossing, which was supported by our two senators(who supposedly have great environmental creds), the governor and Michelle Bachman. Endangered mussels were moved upstream to an undisclosed location. I wonder if that’s where I saw all the large, dead mussels last summer. And who follows up on this greenwash? Why don’t you people pay attention to real destructive policies being propagated by democrats in a blue state?


Shouldn’t this be something everyone does something about?

Carol Hartzell

Everyone needs to start paying attention to the state of our rivers and lakes in this country.