Colorado River named most endangered river in U.S.

Source: Amy Kober
Source: Amy Kober

The Colorado River was named the most endangered river in the nation today.

This comes from a report released by Washington D.C.-based non-profit American Rivers.

American Rivers Senior Director of Communications and blogger Amy Souers Kober says the Colorado is "a river that is so dammed, diverted, and drained that it dries to a trickle before reaching the sea."

The Colorado River provides water to seven states - Arizona, Nevada, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.

A portion of each of these states lies within the Colorado River basin.

Kober writes "Flowing for more than 1,400 miles across seven states, the Colorado River is truly a lifeline in the desert.  But over-allocation and drought have placed significant stress on water supplies, river health, and fish and wildlife. To underscore the immediacy of the problem, the basin is facing another drought this summer. The Bureau of Reclamation's report released in December stresses that there is not enough water to meet current demands across the basin, let alone support future demand increases."

See below for the rest of the Top 10 Endangered River list. Click here for more information.