The American Rivers Association says the Roanoke River is in trouble, according to its 10 Most Endangered list, released Tuesday morning.
The 410 mile long river empties into the Albemarle Sound and provides drinking water to 1.2 million people in both North Carolina and Virginia.
The American Rivers Association says uranium mining in Pittsylvania County, Virginia is the biggest threat to the Roanoke River. The debate over uranium production in the river has been renewed in Virginia, which would continue to pose a threat to the river.
In 2007, the Neuse River was named to this same list. In that case, the American Rivers Association said the Neuse was the victim of explosive population and hog waste sewage.