A new report detailing the 20 “most endangered” rivers in the U.S. was released this week showing the upper Mississippi and lower Missouri rivers were in the top category.
No rivers in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado were on the list while the Missouri river that brushes northeast Kansas was part of those determined to be most endangered.
The report by the the American Rivers group ranked the upper Mississippi and the lower Missouri rivers as No. 1 and No. 2 for “most endangered” in the U.S. blaming severe flooding caused by climate change.
The report pointed to climate change and poor river and watershed management in ranking the Upper Mississippi River as the most endangered.
The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is described as one of the best-known and longest-lived annual reports in the environmental movement. Each year since 1984, grassroots river
conservationists have teamed up with American Rivers to use the report to save their local rivers, consistently scoring successes that benefit rivers, clean water and communities.
Source: American Rivers report