American Rivers Releases Report America’s Most Endangered Rivers 2022

Adriana Caldarelli

American Rivers, a conservation nonprofit organization, released a report this week ranking the country’s 10 most imperiled tributaries, based on three criteria: the waterway’s significance to people and wildlife, the magnitude of the threat and the possibility for members of the public to influence relevant decisions over the upcoming year.

The Colorado River, which provides drinking water to more than 40 million Americans, is cited as the country’s most endangered river amid rising temperatures and punishing drought conditions, a new report has found. The next most endangered rivers, according to the report, were the Snake River, Alabama’s Mobile River, Maine’s Atlantic Salmon Rivers, the Coosa River, the Mississippi River, California’s Lower Kern River, Arizona’s San Pedro River, the Los Angeles River and Oklahoma’s Tar Creek.

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