Virginia Reservoir Victory Near
In May, a state agency denied the City of Newport News, Virginia, a critical permit it needs to move forward with the King William Reservoir. The agency's decision was a victory for the Club's Virginia Chapter, which has led a seven-year campaign against the proposed reservoir. The project would withdraw up to 75 million gallons per day from the Mattaponi River, posing a serious threat to the river and hundreds of acres of sensitive wetlands and upland forest habitat that are dependent on the river. For the latest information, visit www.mpra.org/cohoke.htm.
Save the Wild Salmon
Representative Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) introduced the Salmon Planning Act (SPA) to determine the most cost-effective ways to remove four lower Snake River dams in eastern Washington if key agencies say that's necessary to save wild salmon. SPA studies would require a scientific review of current salmon recovery efforts, and determine what investments would keep communities healthy, including energy and transportation needs. Please write or e-mail your representative today and ask him or her to co-sponsor the Salmon Planning Act (H.R. 2573).
Sweet Deal for Governor Bush
In May, Florida Governor Jeb Bush signed a sugar-industry-backed law that will slow the cleanup of the Everglades. The Everglades are home to many endangered species and serve as a major source of drinking water for Floridians. Each day, large parts of the Everglades are harmed by Big Sugar's pollution. The new law jeopardizes the Everglades Restoration Plan, which was initially nicknamed the "Everglades Forever Act." Activists are now calling it the "Everglades Whenever Act." Read more at www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=2779115
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