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America's Top Ten Most Endangered Rivers

American Rivers, the country’s foremost river focused nonprofit, released their annual list of the top ten endangered rivers yesterday. It marks the 26th year American Rivers has released the report, drawing attention to some 360 waterways--pristine or polluted.


“It’s not a list of the unhealthiest rivers,” says Amy Kober, AR’s communications director. “We want to highlight rivers that are at a crossroads so the public can weigh in and make a difference."

Topping this year’s list is New York’s Susquehanna. AR's calling for the Susquehanna River Basin Commission to analyze the consequence of natural gas companies drilling in the river's basin. They're particuarly concerned with fracking, a controversial mining practice known to seep arsenic and/or hydraulic fluid into underground water supplies. Record-breaking flooding on the Mississippi earned the river special mention for its antiquated flood control systems, and Illinois’s Chicago River came it at number four for sewage pollution--don't swim there.

Each year, some 100 rivers are nominated by the organization's 65,000 members. If there's one you'd like to see on 2012's list, email AR. Publicity garnered from the top ten list has helped get government commitments for dam removals on Washington’s Elwha and White Salmon rivers. For more info on dam removals in Washington, check out my story on Hemlock Dam in last fall’s Water Issue. In the meantime, watch Outside TV's profile of pro kayaker Andy Maser weighing in on why dam removal is so important for kayakers (and salmon). The top ten list American rivers there's still time for you to protect is below.

1. Susquehanna River (NY); Threat: Natural Gas Extraction

2. Bristol Bay; Threat (CA): Copper and gold mining (Read Tim Sohn's feature Gold Fish for more)

3. Roanoke River (VA); Threat: Uranium mining

4. Chicago River (IL); Threat: Sewage

5. Yuba River (CA); Threat: Dams

6. Green River (WA); Threat: Mining

7. Hoback River (WY); Threat: Natural Gas extraction

8. Black Warrior River (AL); Threat: Coal mining

9. St. Croix River (MN); Threat: Loss of protections

10. Ozark National Scenic Riverways (MO); Threat: Overuse and under management


--Kyle Dickman

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Q&A with River Monsters' Jeremy Wade

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Jeremy Wade, Host of Animal Planet's River Monsters (Courtesy Animal Planet)

In the first two seasons of Animal Planet’s River Monsters, host Jeremy Wade has taken viewers around the world as he looks to discover the truth behind some of fishing’s tallest tales. Before Season 3 premiers on April 10, the former biology teacher and avid angler took some time to talk to Outside about using himself as human bait, the one that got away, and the best tasting fish he’s ever eaten. (Click here to listen to a podcast of the interview)
--Michael Webster

OUTSIDE: For those who might not be familiar with the show, where did the idea come from, and how did you take it from idea to reality?
WADE: I made a series set in India that was more of a conventional fishing show. The fish were very uncooperative, so we were casting around for other bits of local color. We heard local stories of something pulling people into the water. They called it the Kali man-eater. We did a bit of a feature on this, and if formed part of that series. A few years later, a friend of mine who’s a wildlife filmmaker saw my DVDs of that series. He said, I think there’s sort of a natural history detective story here. You still get to put a line in the water, but that’s not the focus of the program. It’s more about setting up a mystery, a fisherman’s tale, which most people tend to discount.

So you’ve heard plenty of tall tales. What stands out in your mind as the tallest tale you’ve ever heard?

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Q&A with River Monsters' Jeremy Wade

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Jeremy Wade, Host of Animal Planet's River Monsters (Courtesy Animal Planet)

In the first two seasons of Animal Planet’s River Monsters, host Jeremy Wade has taken viewers around the world as he looks to discover the truth behind some of fishing’s tallest tales. Before Season 3 premiers on April 10, the former biology teacher and avid angler took some time to talk to Outside about using himself as human bait, the one that got away, and the best tasting fish he’s ever eaten. (Click here to listen to a podcast of the interview)
--Michael Webster

OUTSIDE: For those who might not be familiar with the show, where did the idea come from, and how did you take it from idea to reality?
WADE: I made a series set in India that was more of a conventional fishing show. The fish were very uncooperative, so we were casting around for other bits of local color. We heard local stories of something pulling people into the water. They called it the Kali man-eater. We did a bit of a feature on this, and if formed part of that series. A few years later, a friend of mine who’s a wildlife filmmaker saw my DVDs of that series. He said, I think there’s sort of a natural history detective story here. You still get to put a line in the water, but that’s not the focus of the program. It’s more about setting up a mystery, a fisherman’s tale, which most people tend to discount.

So you’ve heard plenty of tall tales. What stands out in your mind as the tallest tale you’ve ever heard?

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