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This week the Senate is debating a bill that would weaken that environmental review process & make it easier for the Corps to do damage to rivers. Senators Tom Udall (NM) and Ben Cardin (MD) are trying to improve the bill. Help make sure they succeed by


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JL A (281)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 10:09 am
For decades the Army Corps of Engineers built levees and dams that have destroyed wetlands and habitat for birds, fish, and other wildlife.

Agencies like the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Environmental Protection Agency review new Army Corps projects to make sure they donít violate environmental laws. Local communities can weigh in on review process to make sure that Army Corps projects donít cause significant damage to rivers and harm their communities. This process has worked for more than forty years to help reduce the damage done by the Army Corps.

But now, Congress is debating a bill would weaken public participation and review, making it easier for the Corps to do damage to rivers. Will you contact your Senator, urging them to strike the damaging language from the bill?

Under the guise of "streamlining," the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), S 601, would set unreasonably short deadlines for completing reviews and add harsh penalties. The result will force agency officials to rubber stamp projects to avoid the billís harsh new fines. This would limit science-based decision making, increase litigation risk, and undermine important environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Supporters of this bill claim it will speed up projects that are unnecessarily held up at the Corps. But the real problem that delays Corps of Engineers projects is a lack of budget. The Corps has a backlog of more than 1,000 authorized studies and projects, which would cost more than $60 billion to construct, and an annual budget of less than $5 billion.

We canít afford to hamstring the review process that has proven so successful in keeping our rivers healthy. Tell your Senator to support amendments that would strike the damaging language from the bill.

For the rivers,

Jim Bradley
Senior Director, Government Relations

Cher C (1426)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 10:32 am

Thnx for posting hun!


Christeen A (300)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 11:00 am

Angelika R (143)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 11:42 am
:-// -guess you know what that stands for...

JL A (281)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 11:46 am
so sorry Angelika--thanks for trying!

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 1:32 pm
noted thanks

JL A (281)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 2:23 pm
You are welcome Carol

Terry V (30)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 3:34 pm

JL A (281)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 3:42 pm
You are welcome Terry.
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Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 3:55 pm
Someone had better. There's still a lot of folks in Louisiana who swear up and down the Pontchartrain was blown by the Army Corps of Engineers. I was there the week prior to Katrina. If it hadn't of been for the Pontchartrain it would have been cleaned up in a matter of weeks.
Hey Roy; how does it feel to be indicted for fraud or should we call it grand larceny? You're not the only one who should be indicted. I thought you were going to make it a choklit city and all the while you were running away shouting y'all on yor own. It couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

JL A (281)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 4:15 pm
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John B (185)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 8:47 pm
Thanks JL for posting the link and info. Action taken: Message signed, sent and post noted.
"Thank you for taking action to protect our rivers!"
"Your Message Has Been Sent to Congress."

cathie S (154)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 10:12 pm

JL A (281)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 10:15 pm
You are welcome John and Cat.
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Emma S (239)
Monday May 13, 2013, 1:28 am
Done! Thanks, JL.

Lynn D (0)
Monday May 13, 2013, 2:11 am
Done, thanks!

Gloria picchetti (304)
Monday May 13, 2013, 2:15 am
Your Message Has Been Sent to Congress. I love American Rivers.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Monday May 13, 2013, 5:17 am

paul m (93)
Monday May 13, 2013, 5:39 am


JL A (281)
Monday May 13, 2013, 6:37 am
You are welcome Emma and Lynn!
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. (0)
Monday May 13, 2013, 7:27 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing. They really need to be kept in check before they mess things up.

Nancy M (147)
Monday May 13, 2013, 8:32 am
Signed and noted. Thanks.

JL A (281)
Monday May 13, 2013, 8:47 am
You are welcome Laura and Nancy.

Leann Gail Huber (0)
Monday May 13, 2013, 6:02 pm
Signed. Thank you!

Anne F (17)
Monday May 13, 2013, 8:45 pm
So important. Big projects deserve careful analysis.

Mitchell D (82)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 4:36 pm
S and N.

JL A (281)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 10:38 am
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