The US conservation group American Rivers has released its annual list of the nation’s 10 most endangered rivers, emphasizing the critical need for action to protect of rivers and their communities.
Ranked most imperiled is the Upper Delaware River, which, located between the northeastern states of Pennsylvania and New York, provides drinking water for 17 million people.
This and the ninth-listed Monongahela River sit atop an area called the Marcellus Shale, which is being subjected to gas drilling, a process that involves injecting chemicals into the ground, thereby creating untreatable toxic wastewater.
Meanwhile in California state, the second most endangered Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is lacking a flood infrastructure and thus is unable to manage rising sea levels set off by climate change.
The Gauley River in West Virginia, the third most endangered, is being blocked and polluted with coal mining debris, while the flourishing of other rivers is threatened by proposed projects such as new dam construction in North Carolina’s Little River and the Teton River in Idaho, as well as suction dredging, a gold mining technique that would kill fish eggs and larvae while altering the entire ecosystem of Oregon's Chetco River.
Our gratefulness, American Rivers, for your commitment to safeguarding the rivers and the lives that depend on them. Blessed be all such efforts to preserve the vibrant streams that sustain the Earth’s rich diversity of life and beauty.
The need for more conscious stewardship of our fragile Earth has frequently been mentioned by Supreme Master Ching Hai, who addressed the imperiled aquatic ecosystems during a July 2008 videoconference in Formosa.