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Mississippi River Ranked Tenth Most Endangered

Mississippi River (photo from American Rivers)
Mississippi River (photo from American Rivers)


Washington, DC – The environmental group American Rivers is once again listing the Mighty Mississippi as one of the nation's most endangered waterways. The group's rankings were released Wednesday and put the Mississippi tenth.

American Rivers says work by the Army Corps of Engineers and the corps' plans to extend locks on the river have left it "on the verge of ecological collapse."

The corps, though, says its work has improved habitats while keeping barges afloat and protecting against floods.

To read American Rivers' analysis of the Mississippi, click here.

American Rivers' Most Endangered Rivers
1Colorado RiverCO, UT, AZ, NV, CA
2Big Sunflower RiverMS
3Snake RiverWY, ID, OR, WA
4Tennessee RiverTN, AL, MS, KY
5Allegheny & Monongahela RiversWV, PA, NY
6Spokane RiverID, WY
7Housatonic RiverMA, CT
8Peace RiverFL
9Big Darby CreekOH
10Mississippi RiverMN, WI, IA, IL, MO, KY, TN, AR, MS, LA