Flathead River tops list of B.C.’s most endangered rivers

The Outdoor Recreation Council of British Columbia released today (March 23) its annual list of the province's most endangered rivers. Here are the names of the rivers and why they were chosen:

1. Flathead River (proposed coal mine, coalbed methane development)

2. Kettle River (water extraction, development, power project proposal)

3. Glacier/Howser Creeks (power project proposal)

4. Fraser River (urbanization, industrial development, pollution)

5. Brohm River (new development, excessive water extraction)

6. Peace River (hydro-electric dam proposal)

7. Coquitlam River (excessive sedimentation, urbanization)

8. Bute Inlet rivers and streams (massive multi-river power project proposal)

9. Coldwater River and other Thompson River Plateau streams (water extraction, development)

10. Klinaklini River (power project proposal)

11. Somass River (prone to drought and low flows)

12. Elk River (development, increasing selenium levels, wildlife migration issues)