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Are You an Expert on Our Nation’s Rivers?

From Alaska to the Florida Keys and from northern Maine to Southern California, rivers have long played a central role in the lives of Americans—and in the health of flora, fauna, and habitat that make up thriving ecosystems. Today, many of these waterways are under assault from pollution, dams and other manmade barriers, and climate change. But there’s still time for policymakers to protect and restore our country’s rivers. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of U.S. rivers, and all the benefits they bring.

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Western Voters Strongly Favor More Protection of U.S. Rivers

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In October 2022, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act turns 54 years old and the Clean Water Act turns 50. Both federal laws were established to safeguard this country’s precious freshwater resource. And while both statutes have helped do that to some degree, our nation’s rivers continue to face threats and degradation.

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New Maps Show U.S. Rivers With High Natural Values

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Several Indigenous communities around the world speak of freshwater systems as “living waters,” testament to the life-giving and sustaining value of rivers, lakes, wetlands, bogs, and more.

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