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.
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.
Searsville Dam was completed in 1892, one year after the founding of Stanford University. The dam blocks a unique creek, creating a stagnant reservoir that is 90% full of sediment. Stanford could replace the little water provided by Searsville Dam through modifications to existing water diversion facilities.
The New York Times recently spotlighted two major development proposals that would devastate the canyon’s wild nature, beauty, and overall health. These projects would harm a national treasure, a wild place essential to our identity as Americans. Sign the petition opposing this unprecedented level of development.
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. 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.
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.