By MICHAEL S. BIEBERMANNAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. has more than 10,000 rivers, more than 3,000 streams and a half-million wetlands that are managed for recreation and recreation purposes.
And the Department of the Interior says they are among the world’s most important natural resources.
But it’s not all about water.
The government says more than 80 percent of the nation’s rivers, rivers, lakes and streams are not managed for the public.
And more than 90 percent of all wetlands are not used.
The U.N. World Wildlife Fund says more people die from drowning in the United States each year than from malaria, typhoid, the flu and other infectious diseases.
The Department of Defense, which is charged with managing the nation, has 1,500 miles of water-bearing infrastructure and nearly 7,000 miles of river and streams.
The National Park Service has nearly 1 million acres of parks and monuments.
The Environmental Protection Agency oversees more than 9 million miles of streams and rivers.
The National Park System includes more than 1,800 national parks and is managed by the states, territories and tribal governments.