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Upper Mississippi rated the most endangered river in US



The Upper Mississippi River has been ranked as the most endangered river in America this year, according to a nationwide conservation group. 

The report by the advocacy group American Rivers says extreme flooding on the Upper Mississippi has become increasingly common.

Last year’s flooding in the region broke duration records, with the river at La Crosse remaining above the 10-foot, no-wake level for 90 consecutive days last winter and spring. 

The Mississippi also crested above 13 feet on three separate occasions in La Crosse.   

Frequent flooding and river engineering are being blamed for problems on the Upper Mississippi. 

Floodplain and watershed development also have caused damage to the waterway, according to the report. 

Pollution and development lead to poor water quality, and make can river activities like boating and fishing dangerous.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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