Washington, DC - Rep. Michele Bachmann introduced a bill today that would burden taxpayers with an unnecessarily costly bridge while damaging one of our country's national river treasures. Rep. Bachmann's bill would create a loophole that strips the Lower St. Croix National Scenic Riverway of its Wild and Scenic River protections, allowing the immense, freeway-style bridge project to proceed and setting a dangerous precedent for other federally protected Wild and Scenic rivers nationwide.
American Rivers named the Lower St. Croix National Scenic Riverway one of America’s Most Endangered RiversTM in 2009.
American Rivers President Rebecca Wodder released the following statement:
"Representative Bachmann's bill creates an irresponsible loophole and is not the answer that citizens are looking for. Minnesotans and Wisconsinites value clean water and take great pride in their healthy rivers. But Rep. Bachmann's earmark for a massive freeway would cost taxpayers over $600 million, cause more pollution and traffic, and irreversibly damage the beauty of the Lower St. Croix."
"We have a responsibility to safeguard the Lower St. Croix National Scenic Riverway for our children. Generations of citizens have paddled and fished on the river, enjoying its incredible views and scenery. Rep. Bachmann's massive four-lane freeway through the heart of the river would forever change the outdoor experience so many have come to love.”
“American Rivers is ready and willing to help find an alternative that meets transportation needs, is less expensive, and protects the values of the St. Croix.”
“Wild and Scenic rivers like the St. Croix are national treasures, valued for their clean water, fish and wildlife, and unsurpassed recreation opportunities. They support local businesses and are sources of community identity and pride. We must uphold the protections on the St. Croix and on all Wild and Scenic rivers if we want to leave a legacy of clean water and healthy rivers to future generations.”
American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams. Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and future generations. Since 1973, American Rivers has fought to preserve these connections, helping protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 100,000 supporters, members, and volunteers nationwide. Visit www.americanrivers.org, www.facebook.com/americanrivers and www.twitter.com/americanrivers.