Most Endangered Rivers of 2011 Announced Today!
Presenting our much awaited…yearly exposé of rivers on the brink…
We have a crucial list of rivers compiled for this year, with threats ranging from natural gas development to flooding to mining to disgusting water pollution. It is all on the list!
For the second year in a row, the most endangered river in the United States is a victim of natural gas development and the hazards associated with hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking.” We put the Susquehanna River at the top of this year’s list, citing the rush to develop natural gas reserves in the region without considering the significant risk to clean water and public health.
We also added a ‘special mention’ on the 2011 list for the Mississippi River, given the unprecedented nature of recent flooding and the opportunity to improve flood management for public safety and river health.
America’s Most Endangered Rivers 2011
Special Mention: Mississippi River (AR, IL, IA, KY, LA, MN, MS, MO, TN, WI) — Threat: Outdated flood management
- Susquehanna River (NY, PA, MD) — Threat: Natural gas extraction
- Bristol Bay (AK) — Threat: Massive copper and gold mine
- Roanoke River (VA, NC) — Threat: Uranium mining
- Chicago River (IL) — Threat: Sewage pollution
- Yuba River (CA) — Threat: Hydropower dams
- Green River (WA) — Threat: Exploratory drilling and mine development
- Hoback River (WY) — Threat: Natural gas extraction
- Black Warrior River (AL) — Threat: Coal mining
- St. Croix River (MN, WI) — Threat: Rollback of longstanding protections
- Ozark National Scenic Riverways (MO) — Threat: Overuse and poor management
Make sure you TAKE ACTION on behalf of your favorite river! Learn more about this year’s list!