Don’t Be Silenced On Clean Water Issues!
Your right to voice your opinion on water projects is at risk this week as the House of Representatives takes up the Water Resources Reform and Development Act. Help protect your rivers and your rights by telling your Representative to vote YES on amendments that improve Section 103 of H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act [PDF].
When a dam, levee, or other water infrastructure project is constructed, it can have a huge impact on the health of the river, the fish and wildlife habitat, and public safety. Decades ago Americans decided that too many rivers and wetlands were being destroyed because citizen’s voices weren’t being heard. Congress passed the National Environmental Policy Act to give people, communities, and states an opportunity to voice their concerns with water projects before the damage is done.
Unfortunately, Congress is trying to severely limit this public participation process. House bill H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act will rollback public participation in the NEPA process. For instance it will eliminate one opportunity for the public to comment on water projects constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers while also establishing short deadlines for other comment periods. It would also reduce the time period to legally challenge a water project from 6 years to 150 days- a pretty drastic change!
Why is Congress taking away your rights? They think it will speed up construction Army Corps projects. But it fails to address the real problem- the $60 billion (and rising) backlog of Corps of Engineers projects. With an annual construction budget of approximately $2 billion, it will take decades to get around to building most of the projects Congress has already approved. Congress should deal with the real issues behind with project delays rather than take away our right to protect their rivers.
Make your voice heard today! Call or email your Representative and tell them:
- I support a strong environmental review process for water projects because it’s often the only way my concerns can be heard about projects that affect me.
- Section 103 of H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, limits opportunities for my concerns to be heard by rolling back the public review process.
- Please vote YES on amendments to Section 103 of H.R. 3080 that will stop rolling back the environmental reviews of water projects.