Sixty-five percent of all drinking water in the United States comes from rivers and streams, but many of our rivers are too polluted to use.
Unchecked industrial pollution, mining, chemical pesticides and fertilizers and hydroelectric dams all present a threat to these fresh water sources.
For the ninth year in a row, American Rivers has released its list of the top 10 most endangered rivers in the nation.
As you’ll see, the rivers listed are some of the biggest and longest and affect almost every watershed in the country, meaning almost every American is at risk.
Which polluted river supplies your drinking water?
#1 Susquehanna River
#2 Bristol Bay Rivers
#3 Roanoke River
#4 Chicago River
#5 Yuba River
#6 Green River
#7 Hoback River
#8 Black Warrior River
#9 St. Croix River
#10 Ozark Scenic Riverways
Special Mention: Mississippi River
Wondering what you can do to help clean up these endangered rivers and protect others from contamination? Check out this list of ways to take action for the rivers.
Image Credit: American Rivers