America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

American Rivers announced its annual list of America's Most Endangered Rivers®, naming California's San Joaquin River the Most Endangered River in the country. Outdated water management and excessive diversions, compounded by the current drought, have put the San Joaquin River at a breaking point.

America's Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014:

#1San Joaquin River
Threat:Outdated water management and excessive diversions
At Risk:River health and resilient communities

#2Upper Colorado River System
Threat:New trans-mountain water diversions
At Risk:River health and recreation

#3Middle Mississippi River
Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky
Threat:Outdated flood management
At Risk:Wildlife habitat and public safety

#4Gila River
New Mexico
Threat:New water diversions
At Risk:River health, fish & wildlife, recreation, and tourism

#5San Francisquito Creek
At Risk:Fish and wildlife habitat and public safety

#6South Fork Edisto River
South Carolina
Threat:Excessive water withdrawals
At Risk:Fish and wildlife habitat, recreation, and water quality

#7White River (CO)
Threat:Oil and gas drilling
At Risk:Drinking water supplies and fish and wildlife habitat

#8White River (WA)
Threat:Outdated dam and fish passage facilities
At Risk:Salmon, steelhead, and bull trout populations

#9Haw River
North Carolina
Threat:Polluted runoff
At Risk:Clean water

#10Clearwater/Lochsa Rivers
Threat:Industrialization of a Wild and Scenic River corridor
At Risk:Scenery, solitude, world-class recreational values