Neches River Makes a Top 10 List. Just Not in a Good Way.
This morning, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit American Rivers released its list of "America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2007," and sitting at No. 6 on the list is the Neches River in East Texas. Why? Well, you probably know the answer, but says the American Rivers press release in its long story made short:
One of the last wild rivers in Texas is facing destruction at the hands of state lawmakers, the city of Dallas, and a Texas state agency that are poised to erase millions of dollars in economic activity, hunting heritage that stretches back generations, and Texas’ newest wildlife refuge. If these lawmakers get their way, a dam could soon choke the Neches River under the Fastrill Reservoir, for a dam that is completely unnecessary.
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