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Here is a ranking of the 10 most endangered rivers in the United States

posted Apr 20, 2018, 7:22 AM by Rahni Jere Sumler   [ updated Apr 20, 2018, 7:26 AM ]
Reposted from Walter Einenkel, Daily Kos Staff at Daily Kos. 

Non-profit organization American Rivers has released its ranking of the most endangered rivers in our country. 

Big Sunflower River, Coahoma County, Mississippi

Children canoe the endangered Big Sunflower River in Coahoma County, Mississippi
Children canoe the Big Sunflower River. | Photo: John Ruskey Quapaw Canoe Company
This is the 33rd year the group has released a river ranking. From the Lower Rio Grande in Texas threatened by mining operations to the Smith River in Montana, American Rivers ranks the biggest dangers according to the most pressing issues. Most of these issues surround mining operations, accelerated and made less and less safe by a toothless EPA and the 180-degree turn-around our government has made in environmental regulations. 

On the #1 river on this year’s list, the Big Sunflower in Mississippi, members of Congress are pushing to undermine the Clean Water Act to resurrect the Yazoo Pumps, one of the most environmentally damaging projects ever proposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. If allowed to advance, it would be the first time ever that an EPA veto of a Corps project (the George W. Bush EPA stopped the project in 2008) was overturned by Congress, undermining the authority of the EPA to enforce the Clean Water Act.

The ranking from American Rivers:

Threat – Army Corps pumping project
At Risk – Critical wetlands and wildlife habitat

Threat – Mining
At risk – Clean water, salmon runs, indigenous culture

Threat – Mining
At risk – Clean water, recreation economy

Threat – Border wall
At risk – River access, public safety, wildlife habitat

Threat – Mining
At risk – Clean water, salmon habitat

Threat – Dams
At risk – Habitat, recreation opportunities

Threat – Mining
At risk – Clean water, recreation

Threat – Oil and gas development
At risk – Clean water, wildlife

Threat – Coal ash pollution
At risk – Clean water, Wild and Scenic River values

Threat – Dams
At risk – Blue-ribbon trout stream

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