Mississippi River Makes Most Endangered List
American Rivers gave a ‘special mention’ to the river today in its list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers TM of 2011. American Rivers made the last minute addition to the list due to the unprecedented nature of the flooding, and the opportunity to improve flood management for public safety and river health.
In listing the Mississippi as a “special mention,” American Rivers pointed to outdated flood management strategies and over-reliance on levees that have contributed to the record flood damage. You can read more about this designation at www.americanrivers.org/Mississippi.
This status will help bring big attention to the Mississippi River throughout the year. The Mississippi River Network, managed by Biodiversity Project, submitted an application for 2011 endangered River status earlier this year.