MADISON, Ohio - Ohio's wild and scenic Grand River listed as sixth most endangered river in the United States by environmental group.
American Rivers listed the Grand in the top ten most endangered rivers for one reason: Natural Gas development. The Shale gas boom is hitting all the counties the river runs through. That, plus legislation on the desks of Ohio lawmakers that has little regulation or industry accountability are to blame.
Trent Dougherty of the Ohio Environmental Alliance says "there are already two well pads in the area and permits for a dozen wastewater injection wells have already been approved." That has residents worried.
Kathryn Hanratty, a resident of Chardon grew up on the river. She says when she found out about the gas industry coming to the area, "I was devastated. I was not only devastated they wanted to take away the water, but that they don't want to give us a say.
A State Wild and Scenic River since 1974, the Grand is a haven for outdoor recreation. It's the anchor of "Steelhead Alley", is an Important Birding Area, and is home to many endangered and threatened species of plants and animals.
We sent Photojournalist Carl Bachtel to the Grand River valley. To see his story, click the play button.
The following is a list of the 2012 Most Endangered Rivers and their locations:
1. Potomac River (MD, VA, PA, WV, DC)
2. Green River (WY,UT,CO)
3.Chattahoochee River (GA)
4.Missouri River (IA,KS,MN,MO,MT,NE,ND,SD,WY)
5. Hoback River (WY)
6. Grand River (OH)
7. South Fork Skykomish River (WA)
8. Crystal River (CO)
9. Coal River (WV)
10. Kansas River (KS)
To learn more about America's Endangered Rivers, check out their website at www.americanrivers.org.
You can also find information on local waterways and Ohio Senate Bill 315 at www.theOEC.org and www.ohiogasdrilling.com.