Washington, DC -- Eight months after American Rivers released America’s Most Endangered Rivers™: 2008 edition last April, thousands of Americans have taken action and critical decisions on many of the rivers are expected soon.
Each year, American Rivers solicits nominations from thousands of river groups, environmental organizations, outdoor clubs, local governments, and taxpayer watchdogs for the America’s Most Endangered RiversTM report. The report highlights the rivers facing the most uncertain futures rather than those suffering from the worst chronic problems. The report presents alternatives to proposals that would damage rivers, identifies those who make the crucial decisions, and points out opportunities for the public to take action on behalf of each listed river.
“Thousands of Americans have taken action on behalf of these endangered rivers this year,” said Rebecca Wodder, president of American Rivers. “This eight-month check-in serves to keep these rivers in the public eye, and remind decision makers that actions are still needed.”
To learn about the status of rivers in America’s Most Endangered RiversTM: 2008 edition, click on the rivers below:
#1 Catawba-Wateree River (North Carolina, South Carolina)
Threat: Outdated state water management regulations
#2 Rogue River (Oregon)
Threat: Logging and road construction
#5 Minnesota River (South Dakota, Minnesota)
Threat: Proposed coal-fired power plant
#6 St. Johns River (Florida)
Threat: Unsustainable water appropriations
#7 Gila River (New Mexico, Arizona)
Threat: Water development project
#8 Allagash Wilderness Waterway (Maine)
Threat: Loss of Wild and Scenic River protections
Take Action to Protect the Allagash Wilderness Waterway
#9 Pearl River (Mississippi, Louisiana)
Threat: Irresponsible floodplain development
Take Action to Protect the Pearl River
#10 Niobrara River (Wyoming, Nebraska)
Threat: Unsustainable irrigation diversions
American Rivers will release America’s Most Endangered RiversTM: 2009 edition on April 7, 2009.
American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams. Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and future generations. Since 1973, American Rivers has fought to preserve these connections, helping protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 100,000 supporters, members, and volunteers nationwide. Visit www.americanrivers.org, www.facebook.com/americanrivers and www.twitter.com/americanrivers.