Recap of 10 most endangered U.S. rivers
#8: Crystal River (CO)
Threat: Dams and water diversions
At stake: Fish, wildlife, and recreation
#9: Coal River (WV)
Threat: Mountaintop removal coal mining
At stake: Clean water and public health
#10: Kansas River (KS)
Threat: Sand and gravel dredging
At stake: Public health and wildlife habitat
In a separate announcement about the river draining the most states and affecting the largest portion of population in the Midwest, American Rivers explained how the Missouri River’s outdated flood management practices compromise public safety and river health.
“The once wide Missouri, with extensive floodplains and shallow water areas, has been harnessed into a series of massive reservoirs on the upper river and a narrow, deep channel on the lower river. The channelization has made flood damages worse, putting communities at higher risk. Levees and dams can no longer be the only line of defense. Restoration of the Missouri’s floodplains and wetlands, which absorb and store floodwater, must play a critical role in the next century of flood management.
“American Rivers and its partners called on Congress and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to improve public safety by fully funding programs that would result in natural flood protection, such as the Missouri River Recovery Program (MRRP), Missouri River Ecosystem Restoration Plan (MRERP) and Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study (MRAPS),” it was announced.
It is interesting to note that the news release about the Missouri River showed support for the American Rivers organization by the Izaak Walton League and Sierra Club.