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.
Big polluting industries have teamed up with their allies in Congress to try to roll back protections for wildlife, fish and plants, and the habitats upon which these species depend. If the hydropower, oil, gas, and mining industries get their way, the Endangered Species Act’s vital protections will be cast aside.
The Yakima Plan is a common sense approach to reducing drought impacts that will protect lands and waters, improve water quality, and restore salmon and steelhead populations that help drive a healthy economy. Tell your senators and representative to support the Plan.
Right now, the Colorado Water Conservation Board is creating a list of screening criteria to insert in Colorado’s Water Plan that will be used to evaluate whether future water proposals should get state support. Support a strong screening process: make sure those criteria will protect our rivers, provide for public input, and ensure local support.
Mining companies want to develop nickel strip mines in the pristine headwaters of the Wild and Scenic Rogue, Smith and Illinois rivers in southwest Oregon. Please urge the Bureau of Land Management to withdraw this land for 20 years in order to allow time for Congress to pass a more permanent withdrawal.
Already over-tapped in some areas, the Floridan Aquifer is threatened by over-pumping and by various water management proposals. This irreplaceable resource needs protection now, before it’s too late.
If the hydropower industry gets its way, the President, natural resource agencies, the 50 states, and tribes will lose authority over corporations operating hydropower dams in their communities and on public lands.
Tell City of Franklin elected officials that the city’s use of the Harpeth for drinking water must not cause further impairment to the river. Officials must postpone approval to expand their drinking water plant and withdrawals until they have all of the information and new analyses needed to determine withdrawal conditions that will prevent ecological harm to the river.
The Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic landscapes on the planet. But this natural masterpiece of the Colorado River faces a battery of threats: an industrial-scale construction project inside the canyon, uranium mining, and expansion of groundwater pumping all threaten the Grand Canyon’s wild nature. These threats must be stopped or one of our nation’s greatest natural treasures will be scarred forever.
Once home to the largest salmon runs in the world, the Columbia River is now blocked by a series of dams. The damage to the river’s ecosystem can be reversed if the federal government demands flow and fish passage commitments in a renegotiated treaty with Canada. Add an ecosystem representative to the US negotiation team to ensure salmon and the ecosystem have a voice at the table.
The Holston Army Ammunitions Plant is releasing RDX (Research Development Explosive) into the water supply for downstream residents. RDX is a toxic chemical and a possible human carcinogen, and can also cause seizures in humans and animals when large amounts are inhaled or ingested. Urge Congress to require that the Army fund a cleanup to address this issue on the ground.
The Smith River is threatened by a massive proposed copper mine. If the mine is built, it could degrade the Smith’s water quality and harm its nationally-renowned wild trout fishery. Not only is the Smith one of the most cherished rivers in Montana, but it also generates $4.5 million annually for outfitters and surrounding communities who play host to thousands of recreationists.
The Edisto River is South Carolina’s most heavily used river for irrigation, and excessive agricultural water withdrawals are threatening wildlife, recreation, and the water supplies of other users. Large agribusinesses get a pass from the state’s requirements to safeguard river health and clean water. Tell the South Carolina House of Representatives to end this unfair exemption.
A new dam threatens to ruin healthy wetlands and wildlife habitat on the Pearl River. Adding new superfluous dams to the Pearl River will cause more habitat fragmentation, increase evaporation, block fish passage, and not solve flooding problems in Jackson. The Rankin-Hinds Pearl River Flood Control and Drainage Control District, the sponsor of this project, needs to hear that the Pearl doesn’t need to be further sacrificed in pursuit of real estate development.
A rupture in the Bridger Pipeline company’s Poplar Pipeline on January 17 dumped an estimated 40,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana, contaminating drinking water supplies for local residents and harming the river’s fish and wildlife. This is the second major pipeline spill in the Yellowstone River in less than four years.
Drought and increased demand are putting further strain on Colorado Basin water supplies, and with proposals for new dams and trans-basin diversions, the future of the Yampa hangs in the balance.
Right now, corporate lobbyists for building construction, oil and gas, and factory farm interests are putting pressure on Members of Congress to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers’ efforts to restore long-standing protections under the Clean Water Act.
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.
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.
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.