FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The Snake River in the Pacific Northwest is the most endangered river in the United States.
That's according to American Rivers.
The organization released their annual top ten most endangered rivers across the country Tuesday.
The group focuses on the health and restoration of rivers and streams in the United States.
The Snake River is threatened by dams that have been built along the river for powering local communities.
The world is not to be put in order. The world is order. It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order. —Henry Miller
Grand Tetons and Trees Reflected in Snake River at Schwabacher's Landing by Belinda Greb https://t.co/Z253WzLafn#photography pic.twitter.com/9GSYUmJjV9
— Belinda Greb (@BelindaGreb) April 11, 2021
These dams have caused wild salmon returns to plummet by over 90%.
The other rivers that are at risk are the Lower Missouri River, Boundary Waters in Minnesota, South River in Georgia, Pecos River in New Mexico, Tar Creek in Oklahoma, McCloud River in California, Ipswich River in Massachusetts, Raccoon River in Iowa, and Turkey Creek in Mississippi.
The Lower Missouri River in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska is threatened by flooding.
The flooding destroyed numerous homes along the river in recent years.
The Army Corps of Engineers plans a major study of ways to reduce flooding along the lower section of the Missouri River. https://t.co/BmTyUmqRdr
— Scientific American (@sciam) February 4, 2020
Boundary Waters in Minnesota and Pecos River in New Mexico are threatened by mining.
For hundreds of years, the Anishinaabe people have enjoyed hunting, fishing, & gathering in the pristine Wilderness of the Boundary Waters. To ensure these traditions live on we must permanently protect the BW from toxic pollution: https://t.co/nA7zWUfxNH pic.twitter.com/HK9qmJpApi
— Boundary Waters (@savethebwca) April 8, 2021
South River in Georgia, Tar Creek in Oklahoma, and Raccoon River in Iowa are threatened by pollution.
— Convention on Wetlands (@RamsarConv) April 13, 2021
The McCloud River is threatening to flood sacred sites of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe.
McCloud River at Ash Camp pic.twitter.com/HD4MJ2iL2G
— Bill Martin (@BillMartinKTVU) September 3, 2019
Ipswich River in Massachusetts is threatened by excessive water withdrawals, because it's the main source of drinking water for homes and businesses in 14 communities.
"Many local officials & environmental advocates say the system is unfair and untenable, underscored by the recent succession of major droughts. Last summer’s dry spell came just four years after one of the region’s worst droughts on record."@ipswich_river https://t.co/AkooUqvF8J
— Mass Rivers Alliance (@mass_rivers) March 29, 2021
Turkey Creek in Mississippi threatens local communities by flooding.