#10 Coosa River, Alabama

Threat:  Hydropower Dams

The Coosa River is a cultural icon of the south and home to an astounding variety of rare and unique fish and wildlife. 

The construction of seven large hydropower dams in the mid 1900′s turned the river into a series of reservoirs and caused the largest mass extinction in U.S. history.  But there is still an opportunity to save some of the Coosa’s remaining natural heritage for future generations.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must meet its responsibility to insist on strong protections for the river’s endangered wildlife in the license that will allow Alabama Power Company to operate these dams for the next 50 years. The Coosa will serve as a test as to whether federal agencies are committed to environmentally sustainable hydropower.

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