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Edisto, Haw rivers considered endangered

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A national conservation group has named two rivers in the Carolinas as among the nation's 10 most endangered.

American Rivers has named the south fork of the Edisto River in South Carolina as the nation's sixth most endangered river because of worries about its waters being sapped for irrigation.

The concern has been highlighted by a large potato farm's plans to irrigate with Edisto water. At one point, the plans called for taking up to 9.6 billion gallons of water a year. The amount has since been sharply reduced.

The Haw River, which flows 110 miles from the North Carolina piedmont to the Cape Fear River, provides drinking water and recreation for more than one million people.

But conservationists say the river is threatened by polluted runoff and wastewater.

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