THE MAJOR RIVERS OF NORTH AMERICA by aua56698

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									THE MAJOR RIVERS OF
  NORTH AMERICA



       By: Sheila, Jesus,
 Christine , Ana, and Gerardo
                  Mississippi River
The Mississippi river is the second longest river in the
  U.S., it is also the third longest river in the world. The
  Mississippi river exits through Louisiana and starts at
  Northern Minnesota.There are 29 locks and dams in
  Mississippi. This river provides drinking water for
  people and animals; it also feeds plants and trees.
  Reports say that even though you’re allowed to hunt
  year round, be careful, scientists discovered that
  ducks die unnaturally in the river. Their diseases are
  caused by an illness known as intestinal parasites.



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                Mississippi River
 At least 25% of Earth’s fish population inhabit this river.
 Over 40% of the Migratory waterfowl migrate to this
  river.
 The upper part of this river is a home to more than 50
  species of mammals.
 At least 145 amphibians and reptiles live in and around
  this river.
 Communities around the river rely on the purified water
  that comes from the river.
 92% of the nation’s agriculture exports are from this
  river.
 Their exports are focused on petroleum, iron and steel,
  grain, rubber, paper and wood, coffee, coal, chemicals,
  and edible oils.
                       Tijuana River
Sewage from Tijuana flowed into the Pacific Ocean for over six decades. This
    became a serious problem in the 1960s with the rise of the Maquiladora
    Program in 1965, which encouraged migration to the Tijuana area. The Pacific
    coast and the Tijuana River Estuary have suffered as a consequence.
During the 1960s, the sewage problem became unmanageable as a result of the
    abundance of people littering their beaches. Both industrial and human waste
    comprise the excess sewage. This problem has grown over the years along
    with the growth of the population of Tijuana with the growth of the
    Maquiladora Industry.
Rises in Sierra de Juarez. It flows West North/West through Tijuana itself. It
    is also 5 miles long. This river is also used as a wastewater conduit for a few
    decades. A 1993 San Diego Water Report stated that they have treated at
    least 13 million gallons of raw sewage that is ill-treating our environment.
Finally, in Southeast Mexico, they made a dam, for drinking water and irrigation.
                Tijuana river
 The Tijuana river pollution has been flowing to the
  into the Pacific Ocean for over six decades.
 13-15 million gallons of pollution has flowed into the
  Pacific Ocean and it all comes from the Tijuana River.
 The Tijuana River is flooding and leaving its dirt and
  anything in the water on the land. It has gotten to a
  point that it would take about 6,000 dump trucks just
  to clean it all up.
 Scientists say that if it keeps raining and the river
  consists on flooding, soon it will over flow into other
  rivers causing our 3% of clean water to become
  polluted.
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 Missouri River

The Missouri River is the the 2nd
    longest river in the U.S. In 1985,
    Montana had assigned this river’s
    water rights to the Native
    American Tribe. The Missouri
    River has 30 locks and dams.
It is not one of the most cleanest
    rivers; scientists say that this
    river is filthy and polluted.
The fish that swim in the water are
    dying at a fast pace; soon the
    number of fish that are killed will
    go from 94% to 100% and
    without the fish, there will be
    nothing for the Native American
    Tribe to catch and eat or to sell.
                 Missouri River
 The Missouri River is endangered by pollution, dams,
  falls, and grazing. It pollutes the water and it makes
  the water unable to swim in. Pollution and grazing
  makes it unable to drink, and it can infect you if you
  enter the river.

 In South Dakota, the Missouri is impounded by four large dams:
  Oahe Dam, forming Lake Oahe near Pierre, is one of the largest
  rolled earthen dams in the world, and was completed in 1958.
                  Colorado River
 Dozens of creeks and streams feed into it. It provides drinking
  water for more than 27 million people in seven states; Arizona,
  California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and
  Wyoming. Recreation areas along the river include Grand
  Canyon National Park.
 The Colorado River has endured drought, large-scale climate
  changes, pollution, and ecological damage from dams and
  battles by seven states to draw more water.
 Now the life vein of the Southwest faces another threat:
  energy companies are sucking up the Colorado's water to
  support increased development of oil, natural gas, and
  uranium deposits along the river's basin. The mining and
  drilling will likely send more toxins into the waterway, which
  provides drinking water for 1 out of 12 Americans and
  nourishes 15 percent of the nation's crops along its journey
  from Wyoming and Colorado to Mexico.
Colorado River
       The Colorado River Is The 7th
         longest river in the U.S. and
         has many reservoirs; the
         Blue Mesa is the largest
         reservoir in Colorado. The
         Anastasia Indians are the
         indians who have the rights
         to the river. There are 25
         locks and dams in the
         Colorado river. This river
         flows into the Gulf of
         Mexico. The river’s largest
         dam is the Hoover dam.
                               Rio Grande
The Rio Grande is about 1,885 miles long.
The river is an important source of irrigation.
There are known dams that create many reservoirs; ex: Cabala Dam.
Shifts in the river’s channel have led to border disputes between the US and
   Mexico.
The river is an important natural resource for industry, agriculture, domestic water
   supply, recreation and aesthetic enjoyment, and wildlife and aquatic habitat.
   Most of the major tributaries,and some of the lesser ones, are also of
   significance in these respects. Substantial agricultural areas where river water is
   diverted for irrigation include the El Paso/Ciudad Juarez area, Eagle
   Pass/Piedras Negras area, and Rio Grande/Rio Bravo valley downstream from
   International Falcon Dam. Through the reach from Laredo/Nuevo Laredo to the
   mouth, the river constitutes the primary drinking water source for up to 98% of
   the population in both countries.
                  Rio Grande
 The Rio Grande begins in the San Juan Mountains of
  Southern Colorado and follows 1,885-mile course
  before it empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Along the
  way, the river and its tributaries drain a land area
  more than twice the size of California.
This drainage area, or basin, encompasses a widely
  varied landscape in the U.S. and Mexico including
  mountains, forests, and deserts. The basin is home
  to diverse native plants and wildlife as well as some
  10 million people. For approximately two - thirds of
  its course, the river also serves as the boundary
  between the countries.
                  Ohio River
 As these poisons are passed from the Ohio River up
  the food chain, they eventually reach fish which are
  eaten by humans; and the poison is spread to our
  population.
 The Ohio State Police say that people shouldn’t eat
  more than one fish every month from this river.
 Among the imperiled waterways in the report is the
  Ohio River, which has pollution from chemicals such
  as polychlorinated biphenyls and dioxins among the
  world’s most toxic man-made chemicals. PCB’S have
  been linked to a variety of human health problems
  such as cancer, brain damage and problems with the
  immune system.
                                Ohio River
The Ohio River flows through 6 states:
     Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio,
     Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
This river is a source of drinking water for
     over 3 million people almost 10% of the
     U.S population live in the Ohio river
     basin.
150 species of fish have been collected from
     the Ohio river.
A recent FWQA report stated that 7% of
     sewered communities in the U.S were
     dumping raw sewage into the nearest
     body if water.
This river is more polluted than it was two
     years ago.
Officials are warning civilians to minimize the
     consumption of the fish for more than
     once a month, due to contaminants that
     cause cancer or other disorders.
The pollution is caused by rain washing debris
     from farms, roads, and junkyards.
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