Lower Rio Grande named fourth most endangered river in US

American Rivers, a national river conservation organization, named the Lower Rio Grande the fourth most endangered river in the U.S. The list includes ten rivers that will be “directly impacted by decisions from the Trump administration and Congress,” as stated on the American Rivers website.

For the Lower Rio Grande River, the threat comes from the possible construction of additional border fence (or wall) by the Trump administration. American Rivers said the wall is a threat to endangered species, natural habitat, and can cause flooding for properties along the river. The organization added that landowners will be “disrupted” and could lose access.

The Lower Rio Grande is listed after the Big Sunflower River in Mississippi, Rivers of Bristol Bay in Alaska, and Boundary Waters in Minnesota. 

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