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9 of the world's most majestic rivers in peril

By: Katherine Butler on March 13, 2012, 4:56 p.m.
Upper Provo River

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The Upper Provo

The Provo River — pictured here near Kama, Utah — originates in the Uinta Mountains, flowing 70 miles south to Utah Lake in the city of Provo. Early settlers named the river Provo after French-Canadian trapper Étienne Provost (1785-1850). In the 1950s and '60s, much of the middle Provo River was dammed, straightened and diked, causing the loss of wetlands, riparian forest and wildlife habitats. In 1999, Utah began the Provo River Restoration Project (PRRP) to restore parts of the river to its more natural state.