Save the Current River
Right now, the National Park Service is drawing up a new management plan that will guide the Current River for decades to come. We're calling on the Park Service to implement the strongest protections possible for Missouri's river gem.
Whether we go there to canoe, hike or fish, the Current River is one of the places that makes living in Missouri great. The Current is often called Missouri's "river jewel."
A stunning beauty at risk
Unfortunately, over the years, a growing number of illegal and unauthorized roads and trails have ripped through the forest and degraded water quality so much so that the Current River is now one of the nation's 10 most endangered rivers. Now, there is at least one ATV and SUV road per mile, threatening our river and the recreational experience for famililes.
We have the chance to win strong protections for the Current River for decades to come, but only if enough of us speak out.
Strong protections needed
Last fall, the National Park Service proposed a plan to guide the Current River for decades to come. But now, as a final plan is about to be decided this summer, some in Congress are fighting to maintain weaker protections for the river.
We're organizing everyone from anglers and floaters to small businesses, local elected officials, and neighbors down the street to press the National Park Service to implement the strongest possible protections for the Current River.
Together, we can win
Our staff has been knocking on doors across Missouri to educate people about what's at stake. We're also building coalitions, educating policymakers, and shining a spotlight in the media on the need to protect the Current River. But the real key to winning this fight is you.
Urge the National Park Service to craft an ambitious, far-reaching restoration plan for the Current River.
- Today the recreation experience for families is at risk. There are now more than 130 ways to drive ATVs and SUVs to the riverbanks — leaving a network of torn-up trails and threatening water quality.
- The Ozarks contains hundreds of species of wildlife found few other places on Earth, like the endangered Ozark Hellbender.
- More than 1.3 million people visited the Current River last year to swim, tube, and boat.
- Official Comment for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways draft General Management Plan
- Citizen's Guide to the Current River
- Factsheet: Save Missouri's State Parks
- The Best of America Under Threat From Under Funding
- Preserving America's Natural Heritage: Lessons From States' Efforts to Fund Open Space Protection