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NFC: Fw: Calling All Most Endangered Rivers Nominations!
Is the local smallmouth stream starting to smell suspicious as
industrial chicken farms multiply in the headwaters?
Does the government want to drain a riverfront marsh claiming it will
help prevent floods?
Would a proposed dam leave a favorite paddling destination high and
These and other river threats create candidates for the annual
America's Most Endangered Rivers report. Each year, American Rivers
reviews nominations from all across the country to determine the list
of the rivers at greatest risk of taking a turn for the worse in the
coming twelve months.
River lovers everywhere can pick up nomination forms online at
www.americanrivers.org, and hard copies will be making their way to
your mailbox in the next couple of weeks. American Rivers will accept
nominations through October 1, 2001, and the report will be released
in April, 2002.
Any individual or organization can nominate a river. In recent years,
organizations such as the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, Ducks
Unlimited, the Nebraska Wildlife Federation, Trout Unlimited, the
Sierra Club, the South Dakota Canoe Association, the Wateree
Homeowners Association, Taxpayers for Common Sense, and many others
Why do these groups go to the trouble? The America's Most Endangered
Rivers report has a tremendously successful track record raising
community awareness and stimulating civic participation on behalf of
the listed rivers -- encouraging the public the take action and
showing them how.
Entire rivers or selected portions -- headwaters, tributaries,
riparian wetlands, or estuaries -- can be designated. Nominations
will be evaluated by three main criteria:
* The magnitude and imminence of the threat
* The likelihood that major action during the coming year could
either intensify or lessen the threat
* The regional and national significance of the river
If you are considering a nomination, you can read recent reports at
If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Sherman at
outreach at amrivers_org or (202) 347-7550.
Please pass on this notice to anyone who might be interested in
pulling together a nomination. Thanks!
Thank you robertrice at juno_com for helping to protect and
restore America's rivers.
To contact American Rivers, send an email to Rebecca
Sherman at outreach at amrivers_org or call 202-347-7550.
To update your information, please visit:
Encourge friends to become an online river activist, by visiting
www.americanrivers.org/takeaction. To become a member of American
Rivers, visit www.americanrivers.org/joindonate
Join the nation's online river community at www.americanrivers.org
for free online resources, toolkits, and ways to unite with other
activists on your important issues. AOL Keyword: American Rivers
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