Potomac tops list of endangered rivers in U.S., group says

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Steve Almasy | May 15, 2012 | CNN | Shared as an educational material

CNN- The river that provides much of the drinking water to our nation’s capital, the Potomac, tops the annual list of most endangered American waterways, according to a national conservation group.

American Rivers said Tuesday that thanks to the Clean Water Act of 1972, the Potomac is in much better shape than it was 40 years ago, but the river still is threatened by pollution.

“When members of Congress fill a glass of water or drink their morning coffee, that water comes from the Potomac River,” said Bob Irvin, president of American Rivers, in a news release. “It’s time to draw the clear connections between healthy rivers, drinking water, and public health in Washington, D.C., and in communities nationwide.”

The other nine rivers on the list are: the Green River (Wyoming, Utah and Colorado), the Chattahoochee River (Georgia), the Missouri River (nine states in the central United States), the Hoback River (Wyoming), the Grand River (Ohio), the South Fork Skykomish River (Washington), the Crystal River (Colorado), the Coal River (West Virginia) and the Kansas River (Kansas).

Threats to these waterways include new dams or reservoirs, natural gas development, coal mining and dredging, the group says in the 27th annual report. The report focuses on rivers that will be affected by some sort of major policy or business decision in the next year.

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