Mid-Year Update: America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2008

Critical decisions pending for many rivers

December 8th, 2008

Amy Kober, 206-213-0330 x23 

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Threat: Outdated state water management regulations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

#3 Cache La Poudre River (Colorado)
Threat: Water diversion and reservoir project

#4 St. Lawrence River (New York, Canada)
Threat: Outdated dam management plan

#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. 


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About American Rivers

American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 200,000 members, supporters, and volunteers.

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