Each year since 1986, American Rivers has released its America's Most Endangered Rivers report to spotlight the nation's ten most imperiled rivers. This year, the Gauley River found itself at #3 on the Most Endangered Rivers List. The Gauley River is internationally famous for its whitewater rafting and also supports trout and bass, but is scarred by coal mining impacts and subjected to degradation from ongoing mining activity. Mountaintop removal mining flattens mountaintops, buries streams under debris, and pollutes water. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and cooperating agencies must stop permitting mine activity that harms the Gauley's clean water and natural areas.
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