a "Most Endangered River"
a hydropower dam turning your river on and off like
a faucet? Is your river drying up as a sprawling
city sucks out more and more water? If so, your
river may be among America's Most Endangered.
Rivers is calling on river lovers everywhere to
nominate rivers for the 2003 America's Most Endangered
Rivers report, to be released in April 2003.
deadline for nomination applications is October
1. Nomination forms are available at: http://www.americanrivers.org/mostendangered/2003nominationform.htm
year, American Rivers reviews nominations from all
across the country to determine the rivers at greatest
risk of taking a turn for the worse in the coming
twelve months. In the spirit of the FBI's "Ten
Most Wanted" report, the America's Most Endangered
Rivers report identifies rivers that are in danger
and at a crossroads.
individual or organization can nominate a river.
In 2002, more than 40 organizations participated
in the report, including Nebraska Wildlife Federation,
Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations,
Kansas Riverkeeper, Clarendon (Arkansas) Chamber
of Commerce, and Maine Sierra Club.
do these organizations go to the trouble? Because
the America's Most Endangered Rivers report has
a distinguished record of raising the visibility
of critical issues affecting rivers nationwide and
improving public policy decisions that benefit listed
a recent follow-up interview, one of our partners
from the 2002 report remarked, "if I had it
to do all over again, I'd do it in a heartbeat,
as we reached the average person with the news that
this river is in big trouble right now, today. We
could have never done this without a national group
helping us with this kind of a designation, putting
our troubles up there for national scrutiny. Thanks
so very much."
rivers or selected portions -- headwaters, tributaries,
riparian wetlands, or estuaries -- can be designated.
Rivers are selected based on three main criteria:
magnitude and imminence of the threat;
likelihood that major action during the coming
year could either intensify or lessen the threat;
regional and national significance of the river.
and organizations considering a nomination are encouraged
to read last year's report at: http://www.americanrivers.org/mostendangered2002/default.htm
forms for the 2003 report can be found at: http://www.americanrivers.org/mostendangered/2003nominationform.htm
you have questions, please contact Matt Sicchio
at American Rivers at email@example.com
or (202) 347-7550.
pass this notice on to anyone who might be interested
in nominating a river for the 2003 report.