The Ten Most Endangered Rivers of 2010 – Plus 22 Success Stories!


There are tens of thousands of rivers and streams across our country, and each year only ten make it on to the America’s Most Endangered Rivers list. For 25 years America’s Most Endangered Rivers has been our most highly anticipated report. The 2010 list, released today, spotlights rivers facing a multitude of threats from New York to Iowa to California — rivers that need your action now.

The number one river on the list this year is the Upper Delaware River, where gas drilling threatens the drinking water supply for 17 million people in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. With the oil spill in the Gulf as a horrific wake-up call, isn’t it high time we put key safeguards and restrictions in place for the oil and gas industry?

A handful of other threats stand out this year. Mining puts West Virginia’s Gauley and Oregon’s Wild and Scenic Chetco at risk. New water supply dams threaten rivers like North Carolina’s Little and Idaho’s Teton. And outdated flood management imperils public safety and river health on Iowa’s Cedar and California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin, listed for the second year in a row.

But luckily, there’s some good news when it comes to the health of our rivers. In fact there is a lot of good news. Over the past 25 years the endangered rivers report has helped spur great victories for many rivers and the people who depend on them. The 2010 report features 22 endangered river success stories.

By raising the profile of urgent threats like dams, sewage pollution and mining, we have helped put the Klamath, Elwha, Penobscot, Blackfoot, Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone, Susquehanna, Neches, Big Sunflower, and many other rivers on the path to recovery.

With your help, we can make today’s endangered rivers the success stories of tomorrow. Please take action – together we can save these rivers.