Conserving Our Rivers, Connecting Our Communities

America’s Most Endangered Rivers

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Nearly two million visitors make the pilgrimage to Montana’s Glacier National Park each year, to gaze at the majestic Rockies, marvel at its postcard perfect vistas and soak in it natural beauty. The free-flowing waters of the Flathead River bordering Glacier have been an essential part of any Glacier visit, providing abundant recreational opportunities and chances to connect with nature.

So when the river was threatened by a proposal to replace whitewater rafts and fishing lines with oil and gas drills, American Rivers sounded the alarm, naming the North Fork of the Flathead River as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2009.

Spurred by the designation, Montana Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester, along with Governor Brian Schweitzer, led the charge to protect the waters and were ultimately successful in passing a ban on mining and drilling. Thanks to their efforts, visitors will be able to experience the wonder of the Flathead River and Glacier National Park for generations to come.

That’s the power of the America’s Most Endangered Rivers report. Each year since 1986, this list of rivers in peril has galvanized the public and produced lasting victories. The list connects people who may have never worked together before and connects them around a cause they care deeply about.

The result? Thousands making a difference for rivers across the country.

American Rivers will be launching America’s Most Endangered Rivers 2011 on May 17th. In honor of it, we’re spotlighting a number of success stories from over 25 years.

Our goal is to continue to sound the alarm about urgent threats to rivers so that we can protect our country’s most valuable and essential assets. With your help, we will continue to turn endangered rivers into success stories.