Mississippi River lands on ‘endangered rivers’ list

scheduled tribe. LOUIS – An environmental nonprofit has listed the Mississippi River on which list? America’s most endangered rivers and asking the federal government to fund restoration efforts for all waterways ranked on the fringes to preserve local ecosystems and, in doing so, protect the people and businesses that work along rivers.

The American Rivers Organization estimates that two-thirds of our drinking water comes from rivers and streams in the United States. And according to the National Park Service, 18 to 20 million Americans depend on it. Mississippi River for their drinking water.

The Big Muddy runs from Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, winding its way either through or along 10 states. However, the river’s watershed covers all or so 32 states (about 41%) in the continental US and two Canadian provinces, making it the second largest drainage basin in North America.

However, pollution and habitat loss, combined with the ongoing effects of climate change, threaten millions of people along the basin. farm Fertilizers, microplastics and pharmaceuticals are contaminating drinking water and producing toxic algae in the river.

To counter the growing threat to the Mississippi, American Rivers has called on Congress to pass the Mississippi River Restoration and Resilience Initiative (MRRRI) Act. If passed, it would contribute annually to federal, state, tribal and community agencies and organizations to improve water quality, restore habitat and natural systems, reduce aquatic invasive species, and build local resilience to natural disasters. Will allocate an estimated $300 million or more. On the banks of the Mississippi River.

America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2022®

1. Colorado River
State: CO, UT, AZ, NV, CA, WY, NM, Mexico
Threat: Climate change, outdated water management

2. Snake River
State: ID, WA, OR
Threat: Four Federal Dams

3. Mobile River
State: AL
Threat: Coal Ash Contamination

4. Maine’s Atlantic Salmon Rivers
State: ME
Danger: Dam

5. Kusa River
State: TN, GA, AL
Threat: Agricultural pollution

6. Mississippi River
State: MN, WI, IL, IA, MO, KY, TN, AR, MS, LA
Threat: pollution, loss of habitat

7. Lower Kern River
State: CA
Danger: Excessive water drainage

8. San Pedro River
State: AZ
Danger: excessive water pumping; Loss of Clean Water Act protection

9. Los Angeles River
State: CA
Threat: development, pollution

10.Tar Creek
State: OK
Danger: Pollution

List of America's most endangered rivers
1) Colorado River; 2) Snake River; 3) Mobile River; 4) Atlantic Salmon Rivers of Maine; 5) Kusa River; 6) Mississippi River; 7) Lower Kern River; 8) San Pedro River; 9) Los Angeles River; 10) Tar Creek.
(Graphic: America’s Most Endangered Rivers)

The 10 rivers on this list were selected based on three criteria: the importance of the river to people and wildlife, the magnitude of the threat to the river and communities, especially in the light of climate change and justice, and one over the next 12 months. Decision. The public can influence.

The Mississippi River previously appeared on this list in 1992, 1994–1996, 2001, 2004 and 2011.

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