Photo: Sarah Craig
1. San Joaquin River: California
Many of our beloved rivers are threatened across the country. American Rivers sounds the alarm with its annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers report—a list of rivers facing critical decisions in the coming year. Is a river near you on the list?
The San Joaquin is Central California’s largest river, supporting endangered fish and wildlife, communities, and one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. However, the river is so over-tapped that it runs completely dry in stretches, threatening water quality, endangering fish and wildlife, creating uncertainty for farmers, and leaving communities vulnerable in the face of more frequent and severe droughts. American Rivers is calling on the California Water Resources Control Board to increase flows in the San Joaquin, and is also urging Congress to preserve laws and agreements that protect the river and its communities.