American Rivers has named the Merrimack River as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2016, shining a national spotlight on the threat of unsustainable development poses to clean water supplies for over half a million residents.
“With pavement rapidly replacing trees up and down the Merrimack River, action is critically needed. Stakeholders must convene now and begin protecting clean drinking water supplies this year” says Liz Deardorff of American Rivers.
The Merrimack River is one of the three most important east coast rivers for migratory fish, home to at least 75 state and federally-listed endangered species, numerous pairs of bald eagles, the largest tidal marsh habitat in New England and a portion of the Atlantic Flyway bird migration route.
In the past 40 years, there have been large improvements in water quality and ecology, but there is still work to be done in ensure the future health of the Merrimack River.
The American Rivers Press Release can be found here http://www.americanrivers.org/blog/most-endangered-rivers-2016/.