Endangered Rivers On FIRE!
What a week! News of the release of American Rivers’ annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® spread like wildfire this week. This gives us great hope that progress will be made towards good decisions for our ten rivers this year. I was so excited about the great coverage that we have seen, and I wanted to share some of the highlights from this week with you.
- First, we’ve had an early victory with our Green River listing! Yesterday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rejected Aaron Million’s permit appeal to build the Flaming Gorge Pipeline. While there are other similar proposals left to fight, we hope this will be the first of many blows to this project.
- We started the day on Tuesday with an article on the front page of the Metro Section of the Washington Post about our listing of the Potomac as America’s Most Endangered River of 2012. The Post also issued a blog that day about the listing. The NY Times Green Blog did a great interview with Bob Irvin as well.
- Later on Tuesday, our President, Bob Irvin, did a great radio interview on NPR with Kojo Nnamdi. Bob explained why we listed the Potomac River, and what it could mean for rivers across the country.
- We also saw fantastic highlights of the list from many news outlets, including Outside Magazine [article] [photo montage], The Weather Channel, Parade Magazine, CNN, Discovery News, Salt Lake Tribune, Washingtonian, and Huffington Post blogs from Bob Irvin and Alexandra Coustea.
- On Wednesday, Representative Moran (D-VA) highlighted the critical decisions being made in Congress on clean water with a mention of our Potomac River listing in a local op-ed. Thank you Representative Moran!
- There have also been great radio and/or video segments on WTOP, Public Broadcasting Atlanta, NBC 41, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, ABC 9, and KELOLAND.
- Plus, check out this awesome interactive map from The Guardian!
We are continuing to see the wheels turning in the media and with decision-makers. Throughout the rest of this month, we will be talking about one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® each day. So stay tuned for more updates and the latest news!
Please help us spread the word about protecting these rivers, and if you have not already done so, TAKE ACTION NOW! You can help each of our rivers this year by sending tailored letters to decision-makers. Just a couple of clicks can make it happen!