2012 Most Endangered Rivers Report Released

posted May 15, 2012
by Thomas O'Keefe

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Today, American Rivers released the annual report on America's Most Endangered Rivers. American Whitewater has partnered with American Rivers in past years in identifying threatened rivers, and this year we are working together to highlight threats to the Skykomish River in Washington and the Green River in Utah.
 
The Skykomish is one of Washington’s most popular rivers for fishing, paddling, and scenic beauty. However, a proposed hydropower dam would destroy the wild character of the river’s South Fork, and reduce two spectacular waterfalls to a trickle. Decision-makers should abandon this damaging project and focus on better energy alternatives to ensure those needs are balanced with the need for healthy rivers and a strong outdoor recreation economy. LEARN MORE AND TAKE ACTION
The Green River is the largest tributary of the Colorado River, and carves some of the most iconic river canyons in the U.S. Thousands of anglers fish its waters and thousands of rafters experience its majestic canyons each year, generating a robust rural economy across three states. However, a proposal to pump a massive volume of water out of the Green into a pipeline reaching over 500 miles across Wyoming to Colorado’s Front Range threatens world-class recreation, rural economies, critical fish habitats, and the water supply for the lower Colorado River Basin. The Governors of Utah and Colorado must join Wyoming’s Governor Mead in opposing the pipeline and standing up for more efficient, cost-effective water supply solutions. LEARN MORE AND TAKE ACTION
 
Check out the full 2012 America's Most Endangered Rivers report to learn more about other endangered rivers including treasured paddling destinations like the Missouri and Chattahoochee and whitewater gems like the Potomac and Hoback.
 
 
 
Thomas O'Keefe
3537 NE 87th St.
Seattle, WA 98115
Phone: 425-417-9012


Associated Rivers

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Potomac [MD]
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Skykomish, S. Fork [WA]
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Associated Projects

  • Green River (WY/UT/CO)
    A private firm in Colorado has identified the Green River in Wyoming as a potential source of new water supplies for Colorado's growing East Slope. The proposal to divert more than 250,000 acre-feet o
  • Skykomish Stewardship (WA)
    AW is actively engaged in the conservation of the Skykomish River and its tributaries and advocacy for public access.