Rivers course across the land all over the globe, moving water from underground springs or mountain snow melt into lakes and the Earth's oceans. Rivers help erode the land and carry nutrients out to the oceans. When spring rains are abundant or a large amount of snow melts, rivers can swell and flood their banks. Rivers provide drinking water, hydroelectric power and a transportation route. For the latest news involving issues with rivers, read below.
California's San Joaquin River is the most endangered river in the country, according to nonprofit American Rivers. The river faces important management decisions this year that could determine its future in the face of heavy demands and drought.
The nonprofit American Rivers has highlighted the 10 most endangered rivers in the United States. California's San Joaquin is ranked No. 1, with rivers in South Carolina, North Carolina and Idaho also appearing on the list.