Mid-Year Update: America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2009

Critical decisions still pending for many rivers

October 20th, 2009

<p>Caitlin Jennings, 202-243-7023<br />Angela Dicianno, 202-243-7077</p>
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Washington, DC – Six months after American Rivers released America’s Most Endangered Rivers™: 2009 edition last April, thousands of Americans have taken action and critical decisions on many of the rivers are expected soon.

Each year, the America’s Most Endangered Rivers report highlights the rivers facing the most uncertain futures. 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 six-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: 2009 edition, click on the river links below:

#1Sacramento-San Joaquin River System (CA)
Threat: Outdated Water Supply and Flood Management Systems
Update: Launch of the Central Valley Flood Management Planning Program – a comprehensive approach to restoring the Sacramento and San Joaquin

#2Flint River (GA)
Threat: Proposed Water Supply Dams
Update: Federal judge blocks Georgia’s drinking water withdrawals from Lake Lanier

#3Lower Snake River (ID, OR, WA)
Threat: Four dams
Update – Still Threatened

#4Mattawoman Creek (MD)
Threat: Proposed Highway
Update: Maryland Department of Environment delays decision on the highway from May 31st to December 1st

#5North Fork of the Flathead River (MT)
Threat: Proposed mines
Update: Still Threatened

#6Saluda River (SC)
Threat: Sewage Pollution
Update: The town of Williamston has committed to stop wastewater discharge into the Saluda and irrigate farmland with the treated effluent, completely removing their discharge of phosphorus to the river.

#7Laurel Hill Creek (PA)
Threat: Water Withdrawals
Update: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection denies withdrawal permit to water bottling companies

#8Beaver Creek (AK)
Threat: Proposed oil and Gas Development
Update: Still Threatened

#9Pascagoula River (MS)
Threat: New petroleum storage
Update: Still Threatened

#10Lower St. Croix National Scenic Riverway (MN, WI)
Threat: Loss of Wild and Scenic River protections
Update: Still Threatened

For more information about the threats to these rivers, the progress since the report was issued, and what action you can take, visit www.AmericanRivers.org/EndangeredRivers.

American Rivers will release America’s Most Endangered RiversTM: 2010 edition in June of next year.


About American Rivers

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 the 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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