Take Action For Your Rivers
Contacting government officials is one of the best ways to help protect your rivers. Add your voice to thousands of other activists across the US to help create real change for our environment.
As part of Wyoming’s new statewide water strategy, Gov. Matt Mead is considering whether to recommend building two large dams near the headwaters of the Green River. Building new dams would devastate fish and wildlife, flood one of the state’s most popular fishing and hunting grounds, inundate private property, and submerge valuable livestock grazing lands. Urge him to oppose these new dams!
The ski industry has launched an advertising push, talking about how they are lobbying Congress to act on climate change. But while they are posing for pictures and claiming to fight climate change, they are actively lobbying to push legislation to turn over your rivers to big corporations and partnering with Big Ag and the oil & gas industry to do it.
The Wild & Scenic designated Middle Fork Clearwater and Lochsa rivers are threatened by the oil industry’s desire to convert U.S. Highway 12 into an industrial transport route for massive loads of oil processing equipment bound for the Canadian tar sands. Tell the U.S. Forest Service to protect the special values of these Wild & Scenic rivers by saying NO to megaload shipments through the river corridor.
Salmon, steelhead, and bull trout populations are often killed at the unsafe and outdated Buckley Dam. Fish impale themselves on the dam’s exposed rebar and many fail to locate or find space in the dams’ outdated and undersized fish trap. Tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop the fish kills on the White River. It’s time to fix Buckley Dam and modernize its fish passage system.
The Bureau of Land Management is proposing 15,000 new oil and gas wells for the area. If the plan were allowed to move forward, it would put the region’s air, water, wildlife, and wild places at risk of becoming an industrialized disaster. Ask Secretary Jewell to protect the White River, Colorado, from irresponsible energy development.
The Edisto River is America’s longest free-flowing blackwater river. The river is home to gamefish, endangered sturgeon, swallow-tailed kite, and other magnificent fish and wildlife. But excessive agriculture withdrawals threaten the river’s health and downstream water users, including other farmers. Tell SC’s governor and General Assembly to ensure healthy flows for the Edisto and all of SC’s rivers by requiring agricultural users to comply with the same rules as industrial and municipal users.
The 65-foot Searsville Dam is 90% full of silt and blocks threatened steelhead from reaching habitat upstream, impairs water quality, and poses flooding risks for local communities. Tell Stanford University to remove this obsolete dam and restore San Francisquito Creek.
An unnecessary and expensive water diversion and pipeline project would harm fish and wildlife, river health, and local economics dependent on outdoor recreation and tourism. Tell the Chairman of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission that water diversion projects are too costly for the environment and for taxpayers. New Mexico must embrace water conservation to meet future water needs and keep the Gila River flowing strong.
A proposed new levee would cut off the river from the floodplains that protecting downstream communities from floodwaters and provide habitat for fish and wildlife. Tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to abandon the levee project and the Environmental Protection Agency to veto it if the Corps proceeds with this ill-conceived plan.
Up to 60% of Colorado River headwater streams are now being siphoned off, and yet proposals under consideration could increase the amount diverted up to 80%. Taking more water would further degrade an already seriously damaged system and put Colorado’s $9.5 billion outdoor recreation economy at risk. Ask Governor Hickenlooper to insist that measures are included in the Colorado Water Plan that provide essential water for healthy rivers.
Outdated water management and excessive diversions leave the river dry in stretches, threatening water quality, fish and wildlife, agriculture, and leaving communities vulnerable in the face of drought. Tell the Senate to take a stand for the San Joaquin and oppose H.R. 3694.
Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are moving forward to close these loopholes and reduce uncertainty by improving the existing regulations. Make your voice heard and let the EPA and the Army Corps know that you support these improvements to better protect clean water.
The water supply system in the Colorado River Basin is stressed to its limits. More than a year ago, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation determined that the river cannot continue to support growing demands without robust investment in a smarter water infrastructure. Tell Congress and the President that we can’t afford to wait. They need to support federal programs that can assist cities and farms in getting smarter about managing their water supplies.
The Black Warrior River is a valuable resource for drinking water, recreation, fishing, and rare fish and wildlife. However, the river’s Mulberry Fork is threatened by the Shepherd Bend Mine, which would discharge polluted wastewater only 800 feet from a major drinking water intake. To mine the proposed area leases must be obtained leases from the University of Alabama. The University must permanently refuse to sell or lease its land and mineral rights at Shepherd Bend for coal mining.