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 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 so-called “Water Rights Protection Act,” seems simple on the surface. But the ski industry’s bill (with support from Big Ag, western cattle groups and hydropower industry lobbyists) would allow private water users to dry up rivers on public lands with no regard for other uses or needs.
It’s time for the Army Corps to stop dragging their feet. Send a message today urging them to update the dam so it’s safer for wildlife.
The EPA needs to stop dragging their feet and better manage this polluted runoff. Send a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy urging her to update these programs to protect our rivers and clean water.
The rivers of Bristol Bay are wild and pristine. Unfortunately, this one of a kind resource is threatened by a mine of staggering scale that would cause irreversible damage to the rivers, clean water, salmon, and an entire way of life. Tell the EPA to not allow the Pebble Mine to proceed.
Demand on the Colorado River’s water now exceeds its supply, leaving the river so over-tapped that it no longer flows to the sea. A century of water management policies and practices that have promoted wasteful water use have put the river at a critical crossroads. U.S. Congress must support robust funding of critical programs like WaterSmart that address water supply sustainability in the Colorado River Basin.
Millions of people in the Southeast depend on the Catawba River for drinking water and recreation. However, storage ponds for coal ash are threatening the river and local water supply with pollution. NCâÂÂs Department of Environment and Natural Resources must require Duke EnergyâÂÂs Riverbend power plant to ensure the coal ash ponds are sufficiently maintained in perpetuity to safeguard the river and water supply for future generations.
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.
The South Kawishiwi River, which flows into the Boundary Waters, is threatened by copper-nickel mining proposals. If mining is permitted, the Boundary Waters and its clean water will be irreparably harmed by acid mine drainage containing sulfates and heavy metals. President Obama, Congress, and MNâÂÂs Gov. Dayton must block proposals to mine and efforts to weaken water quality standards in this sensitive and well-loved area.
The Kootenai River provides critical habitat for several rare and threatened native fish species, as well as wildlife like grizzly bear and woodland caribou. However, the river is threatened by runoff and waste from current mining and proposed expansions of five open-pit coal mines along the Elk River in British Columbia, a tributary to the Kootenai. The U.S. State Department must involve the International Joint Commission in order to halt the mine expansions until an independent study of the impact of current and future mines on water quality, fish, and wildlife is completed.
GA residents: Ask Gov. Nathan Deal to properly manage water in the Flint River basin for the benefit of all water users and the health of the river system.
The San Saba River is a scenic waterway, but through wasteful water use and unregulated pumping, irrigators are transforming a vibrant, pristine river into a dried-up riverbed. The TX Commission on Environmental Quality must enforce the law to ensure adequate flows are maintained. The Texas Legislature should appoint a watermaster on the upper stretch of the river to better manage flows and protect the river long-term.
Representative Hastings’ bill is one of the most anti-environmental pieces of legislation introduced this Congress. It would jeopardize jobs, public safety, and the outdoor recreation industry that is so critical to communities all across the nation.