BC Rivers Day | Endangered Rivers

The 2018 Endangered Rivers List for BC



Steelhead Rivers along with “Heart of the Fraser” top BC’s 2018 most endangered rivers list.

Waterways listed include the Fraser, Thompson, Chilcotin, Gold, Seymour, Cowichan, Peace and Kettle rivers.

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 2016. 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.


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

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

To view the 2016 Endangered Rivers list , 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