BC Rivers Day | Endangered Rivers

The 2016 Endangered Rivers List for BC

The results are in! Thank you for your nominations.

The Endangered Rivers List is compiled by ORC and released to media outlets across BC and Canada. It receives significant media attention, highlighting the rivers and issues that are most important to British Columbians. The last endangered rivers list was published in 2014. The Endangered River initiative will continue to be run every second year.

The compilation of the list was coordinated by the Outdoor Recreation Council. Nominations were reviewed by a committee knowledgeable and familiar with the specific threats to BC's rivers. Mark Angelo, ORC's Rivers Chair for many years and Chair Emeritus for the Rivers Institute of BCIT was the Chair of this committee with members including Marvin Rosenau, fisheries instructur from the Renewable Resource department at BCIT and Ken Farquharson, founding member of Sierra Club of BC and the Outdoor Recreation Council.

2014 Most Endangered Rivers List.

2014 marked the 22nd annual “endangered rivers” list from the Outdoor Recreation Council (ORC). The preparation of this list is the most comprehensive initiative of its kind in Canada. It attempts to provide a snapshot of the issues that face our rivers and those facing the greatest threat to their ecological health. Please join us in this effort to raise awareness and engage all British Columbians in the better management and conservation of our rivers.

The Media Release and the Backgrounder for the 2014 Endangered Rivers list are available via the links below.

To understand the selection process and why this list is so important, please read the background document.

For 2016's Most Endangered Rivers, click on the following:


To see results from 2007 to 2014 click the following documents:

2007 Media Release
2007 Background document

2008 Media Release
2008 Background document

2009 Media Release
2009 Background document

2010 Media Release
2010 Background document

2011 Media Release
2011 Background document

2012 Media Release
2012 Background document

2013 Media Release
2013 Background document

2014 Media Release
2014 Background document