Conservation group American Rivers released its annual “Most Endangered Rivers” list on Tuesday, highlighting how 2017 is a “critical year for rivers and clean water.”
In the announcement of this year’s top 10, the non-profit noted how the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts pose a threat to rivers and communities nationwide.
“President Trump has abandoned critical river protections including the Clean Water Rule, leaving small streams and wetlands—sources of drinking water for one in three Americans—vulnerable to harmful development and pollution,” the organization stated.
According to the list, the Lower Colorado River—which runs through Arizona, Nevada and California—is the country’s most endangered river.
- Lower Colorado River, Arizona, California, Nevad
Threat: Water demand and climate change.
- Bear River, California
Threat: new dam
- South Fork Skykomish, Washington
Threat: new hydropower project
- Mobile Bay Rivers, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi
Threat: poor water management
- Rappahannock River, Virginia
- Green-Toutle River, Washington
Threat: new mine
- Neuse and Cape Fear Rivers, North Carolina
Threat: pollution from hog and chicken farms
- Middle Fork Flathead River, Montana
Threat: oil transport by rail
- Buffalo National River, Arkansas
Threat: pollution from massive hog farm
- Menominee River, Michigan, Wisconsin
Threat: open pit sulfide mining