California’s McCloud River Named One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers


American Rivers today named Northern California’s McCloud River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2021 because of a Trump-era proposal to raise Shasta Dam. This proposal poses a grave threat to the river’s health and to the culture, religion and identity of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe.

American Rivers and its partners are calling on the Biden administration to overturn the Trump administration’s plan to raise Shasta Dam.

“The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers facing urgent decisions,” said Amy Merrill with American Rivers. “Raising the height of Shasta Dam poses too great a threat to the river and the Winnemem Wintu Tribe’s sacred sites. This is the year to kill this misguided proposal once and for all.”

The McCloud River is located in Northern California. Over 77 miles long, it originates in the Cascade Range beneath Mount Shasta. It travels through Siskiyou County and Shasta County and is a tributary of the Pit River. The Pit River in turn connects to the Sacramento River, which flows into Shasta Reservoir and meets Shasta Dam north of Redding.

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