San Joaquin River Named #1 Most Endangered River in the U.S.

April 9, 2014 4:12 AM

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American Rivers today released its annual report of America’s Most Endangered Rivers, with California’s San Joaquin River at the top of the list. Outdated water management, compounded by the current drought, have put the San Joaquin River at a critical crossroads.

It is hard to overstate the importance of the San Joaquin River and its main tributaries— the Merced, the Tuolumne, and the Stanislaus. These rivers provide drinking water to more than 4.5 million people, including the city of San Francisco, and support numerous endangered or declining species. The...

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