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America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2012

America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2012

American Rivers, a Washington, D.C.-based organization working to protect and restore the country's rivers and streams, has just released its 27th annual list of the 10 most endangered waterways in America. Topping the list this year is the Potomac, which runs straight through the nation's capital. That's fitting, given that American Rivers is using its list as part of its effort to spur Congress to take action. “This year’s Most Endangered Rivers list underscores how important clean water is to our drinking water, health, and economy,” said Bob Irvin, president of American Rivers, in a press release. “If Congress slashes clean water protections, more Americans will get sick and communities and businesses will suffer. We simply cannot afford to go back to a time when the Potomac and rivers nationwide were too polluted and dangerous to use.” MORE: Mary Catherine O'Connor takes a closer look at the report

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