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For Immediate Release

Jenny Hoffner, American Rivers, 404-373-3602

Positive News for Nation's #2 Most Endangered River

Flint River Given 'Water to Watch' Designation


In a positive move for the Flint River, named the second Most
Endangered River in the nation by American Rivers in April because of
the threat of new dams, the National Fish Habitat Action Plan today
designated the Flint as one of ten "Waters to Watch". The designation
could bring funding for key habitat protection and restoration projects.

The National Fish Habitat Action Plan is a comprehensive effort to
protect and restore critical fish habitat. American Rivers has played a
lead role supporting federal funding for the plan's conservation

Jenny Hoffner, director of the water supply program for American Rivers, made the following statement:

"Our America's Most Endangered Rivers report has a strong track
record of raising the profile of a river and its threats, and securing
positive actions for the river's future. The Flint River's designation
today as a 'Water to Watch' is good news and strengthens the argument
against building costly and destructive dams on the Flint."

"Spending hundreds of millions of dollars to dam the Flint River
simply doesn't make sense when we are already spending taxpayer dollars
to restore the river's health. What's more, there are water efficiency
options available that are far cheaper, would deliver faster results,
and would not harm local economies, fish and wildlife."

"Water efficiency is the 21st century solution that will meet
Georgia's water needs and protect the Flint and other rivers across the
state. Local leaders should adopt cost-effective water efficiency
measures like fixing leaks, replacing old appliances and fixtures, and
taking other common sense steps in our homes, businesses and
communities to use water more wisely."

"The Flint River provides immeasurable benefits to the local
communities who rely on the river for clean drinking water, recreation
and economic benefits. The river also provides critical habitat for
fish and wildlife."

Learn more about the Endangered Flint River and the dam proposal:

American Rivers is the only national organization standing up for healthy rivers so our communities can thrive. Through national advocacy, innovative solutions and our growing network of strategic partners, we protect and promote our rivers as valuable assets that are vital to our health, safety and quality of life. Founded in 1973, American Rivers has more than 65,000 members and supporters nationwide, with offices in Washington, DC and the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, California and Northwest regions.