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America's Most Endangered Rivers, 2015

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, April 7, 2015/Categories: natural history, sustainability, environment

The conservation organization American Rivers has released their 2015 report on the most endangered rivers in America. It makes for some disturbing reading. Ranging from Alaska to Louisiana, the ten rivers identified as most endangered are all threatened by a range of abuses including water pollution, mining, and developments of all sorts. The American Rivers map shows the diversity of our endangered rivers 

The Colorado River was singled out as the most endangered of the ten due to plans for the construction of a tram that would ferry up to 10,000 visitors daily to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. It would reach the bottom of the river system at the wilderness confluence where John Westley Powell ventured in the 19th Century. Decisions on the tram will be made this year. When President Theodore Roosevelt saw the Grand Canyon he was so in awe of it that he declared: "leave it like it is" and made the canyon a national park in 1911.


A documentary film on the Grand Canyon has been produced and American Rivers poses serious questions about how we see and utilize our water and river resources. Here is the trailer:

As American Rivers reminds us, it is appropriate to stand up for river conservation. The time to act couldn't be more immediate.


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