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Colorado River in Grand Canyon Most Endangered, Report Says

PHOTO: A new report from American Rivers ranks the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon as the nation's most endangered river. Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey.
PHOTO: A new report from American Rivers ranks the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon as the nation's most endangered river. Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey.
April 9, 2015

PHOENIX - The Colorado River, as it flows through the Grand Canyon, is the most endangered section of any river in the United States. That's according to an annual report from the nonprofit group American Rivers, ranking the nation's most endangered rivers.

Sinjin Eberle, associate director of communications with American Rivers, says the Escalade project, a proposed two-million-square-foot development on the east rim of the Grand Canyon, is the most pressing concern.

"Having all of this activity going on in that area, plus the inevitable trash that's going to be there, plus the opportunity for spills or for water problems," says Eberle. "It's just the wrong place to have a development like this."

Eberle says the development would include a tram which could transport up to 10,000 people per day to the bottom of the Grand Canyon near the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers. He says that area is considered sacred by several Native American tribes.

According to Eberle, proposed development in a nearby community and active and inactive uranium mines on the north and south rims of the canyon also threaten the Colorado River. He encourages people to get involved.

"Stay informed, stay engaged, and make your voices heard," he says. "Go on Facebook, talk to your friends about it. Express your rage to the people around you, and they will express it as well. That's the best thing we can ask people to do."

The report ranks the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest and the Holston River in Tennessee as the second and third most endangered rivers in the United States.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - AZ