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Beautiful US Rivers That Might be at Risk
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Apalachicola River, Florida

It was placed on the endangered list of rivers in 2016, when it was shared between Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. This notion was on the basis that the Apalachicola River had outdated water management systems that were not effective at getting the job done. In turn, the governors of all three states to quickly sign an agreement to share water and protect local rivers.

The problem really resided with Georgia being more upstream and requiring more water for the city’s use, leaving Florida’s river and bay drier than usual. Agreements have been arrived at since then to help control the flow of water without depriving either state of meeting their needs.

Beautiful US Rivers That Might be at Risk
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Colorado River, Colorado

The Colorado River is vast, encompassing parts of seven states in America and two Mexican states. However, the river, which is approximately 1,450 miles long is endanger. Since settlers decided to move out west, the Colorado River has never met the Pacific Ocean. It is used as a supply of drinking water for over 36 million people. Tourists also enjoy rafting down the river, and it is home to many species of fish and birds.

However, because of its extensive use in also watering crops, there is the threat of it running dry. Efforts have been taken by many conservation organizations to keep the river thriving and preventing it from drying out from overuse.

Beautiful US Rivers That Might be at Risk
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St. Louis River, Minnesota

If you are looking for wildlife, the St. Louis River is home to moose, timber wolves, northern pike, black crappie, and wood turtles, just to name a few of the species in the area. And that list does not even mention any of the 163 bird species that live around it too. One hundred ninety-four miles long, the river leads to Lake Superior, which is one of the largest tributaries in the Great Lakes system.

The lower side of the river is excellent for whitewater rafting too, but it was once heavily impacted by industry, leading to it becoming one of the most polluted waterways in the state. It took roughly one billion dollars to completely restore it, though there are still dams used for hydropower that interfere with the fish and increase the accumulation of mercury in their systems.

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