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.
Tell the Tri-State Governors: Stop the Water Wars and Start Working Together to Protect Our Rivers and Clean Water
It’s time for the governors of the three states in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin to work together on a transparent agreement for sharing water that protects people, economy, fisheries, and wildlife. Don’t let politics ruin one of our nation’s most important river basins. Tell Georgia, Florida and Alabama to work together to protect all three rivers and Apalachicola Bay and promote sustainable water use for all in the river basin.
Flowing off Washington’s Cascade Mountains down to Seattle’s Elliott Bay, the Green-Duwamish River is an important resource for the region. It provides drinking water for local communities and is an important river for salmon runs. The runs are blocked by an outdated dam and the dam operations are putting the water quality at risk. Please urge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a downstream fish passage migration system to protect and restore the Green-Duwamish River and its salmon.
The Russell Fork River in Virginia and Kentucky is threatened by a proposed mountaintop removal coal mine along four of the river’s major tributaries. The river generate nearly $10 million in recreation business. Preserving this important river is crucial to ensuring the economic future of eastern Kentucky and southwest Virginia. Ask the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to protect the Russell Fork River.
The Pascagoula River is one of the last undammed river systems in the lower 48 states. However, a proposal to build two dams would change that and result in the loss of 2800 acres of wetlands, washing out farmland and bottomland hardwood forest alike. Ask the Army Corps of Engineers District to reject this destructive and unnecessary project in the Pascagoula River watershed.
The Merrimack River watershed provides drinking water for more than 600,000 people across six communities, and two more cities are planning to tap the river in the near future. However, the loss of forested lands due to rapid development is putting the river and the water it supplies to people and wildlife at risk. Urge the EPA to create a regional watershed partnership of federal, state, and local agencies, nonprofits and stakeholders to prioritize smart land-use planning, green infrastructure and accelerate land protection now in order to protect the Merrimack River’s water for people and wildlife.
The San Joaquin is Central California’s largest river, supporting endangered fish and wildlife, communities and one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. Tell the California Water Resources Control Board to act this year to increase flows in the San Joaquin to ensure the watershed is healthy enough to support fish and wildlife, sustainable agriculture and resilient communities.
The St. Lawrence River is a lifeline for the northeastern United States, supplying clean drinking water for four million people in the U.S. and Canada, and providing shelter, breeding grounds and nurseries to an abundance of fish and wildlife. But outdated dam operations are killing the river. Ask U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion to immediately approve Plan 2014 to restore the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario!
The hydropower industry wants you to think that they are selling you clean and sustainable energy. Hydropower without environmental safeguards is the only renewable energy that has driven species toward extinction. By destroying those safeguards, this legislation could result in many more dried up rivers, dead fish and wildlife and destroyed recreational opportunities. Tell Congress to oppose the industry’s dirty hydropower bills and protect rivers like the Susquehanna
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 Alaska Department of Fish and Game will have to decide in the next few months whether or not to issue permits that would allow the destruction of salmon habitat at the headwaters of the Chuitna River. Alaska decision-makers, including Governor Bill Walker and Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten, need to hear that you care about protecting this important place.
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.
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 Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell 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.
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.
A proposed copper-nickel sulfide mine at the headwaters of the St. Louis River, the region’s main artery, threatens drinking water, wildlife, and the treaty-protected hunting, fishing, and gathering rights of the Ojibwe people. Tell Minnesota’s Governor, Mark Dayton, to veto this destructive mining project.
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.
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.
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 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.
Every year, thousands of salmon die at the antiquated Buckley Dam on Washington’s White River. The Army Corps has repeatedly promised to upgrade the dam, but it hasn’t delivered. Keep the pressure on by sending a message to the Army Corps telling them to act quickly so that salmon can once again return to the White River spawning grounds.
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.
The proposed mine could degrade 500,000 acres of rivers and lakes – jeopardizing area recreation, fishing, canoeing, and an outdoor-based economy that contributes $100 million annually to the local community. Urge President Obama, Governor Dayton, and Members of Congress to protect the Boundary Waters and oppose the Twin Metals Mine.