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 Coosa River found itself at #10 on the Most Endangered Rivers List. The Coosa River is a cultural southern icon and home to an astounding variety of rare and unique fish and wildlife. Seven large hydro-power dams constructed in the mid 1900's transformed the river into a series of reservoirs and caused the largest mass extinction in U.S. history. But there is still an opportunity to save some of the Coosa's remaining natural heritage for future generations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must meet its responsibility to insist on strong protections for the river's endangered wildlife in the license that will allow Alabama Power Company to operate these dams for the next 50 years.
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