2013’s Ten Most Endangered Rivers

Growing Blue

American Rivers Sounds the Alarm on 10 American Rivers

The United States is home to more than 250,000 rivers, which play an active and critical role in sustaining the health of the country’s families and communities. In fact, 65 percent of U.S. drinking water comes from rivers and streams. Unfortunately, most of the streams in the United States are too polluted for drinking water purposes.

The national nonprofit American Rivers has spent 26 years monitoring hundreds of rivers nationwide to ensure they remain clean and free from critical threats. In April, American Rivers released its 2013 Endangered Rivers report, classifying 10 rivers as endangered based on urgent threats such as flooding, pollution, mining, drilling, and construction of new infrastructure. The report names rivers across the nation, from the Mercer River in California to the Catawba River in the Carolinas. However, this year’s most endangered river is the Colorado River.

Included in the report are factsheets and press releases on the rivers. The information includes potential solutions to the problems facing the individual rivers. They also identify key public leaders with oversight of the rivers.

As a result of their annual report, American Rivers has numerous river preservation success stories. In 2011 after the Chicago River was listed, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Chicago acted on recommendations listed for the Chicago River in the America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2011 report. MWRD voted to disinfect sewage wastewater, which will dramatically improve the public’s health and safety by cleaning the water and making it safer for the river’s many boaters and anglers. Last year’s most endangered river, the Potomac River, did not make the top 10 list this year.

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America’s Most Endangered Rivers 2013