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NFC: Fw: SENATE WILL VOTE ON ANTI-CORPS RIDER THIS WEEK!
June 5, 2000
SENATE WILL VOTE ON ANTI-CORPS REFORM RIDER THIS WEEK!
CALL TODAY TO HELP TO STOP THIS HARMFUL RIDER!
Call your Senators and urge them to oppose Section 3102 of
the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The bill is
supposed to come to the Senate floor this week. The US
Capitol Switchboard number is 202-224-3121. Or visit
identify your Senators and get direct phone numbers.
If you have questions or want more information on partners
involved in the effort to reform operations of the Corps,
please see http://www.amrivers.org/corpsreform.html or
contact Jeff Stein of American Rivers at 319-884-4481 or
jstein at amrivers_org or Scott Faber at 202-347-7550 x3015 or
sfaber at amrivers_org
The need for Corps Reform is greater than ever:
n No Oversight -- Congress should support Clinton
Administration efforts to restore civilian control of the
Corps. The absence of civilian and congressional oversight
has allowed Corps planners and project boosters to bend the
rules to support questionable projects. There is no
Washington-level technical review of Corps projects.
n Self-Promoting Agency -- The Corps has become a
self-perpetuating agency, promoting rather than analyzing
projects, and regularly ignores Administration policy.
n Benefit-Cost Analysis Flawed -- Corpsí methods for
predicting benefits and costs are fundamentally flawed.
Half of the segments of the Inland Waterway System have few
or no barges, and flood losses have doubled.
n No Mitigation -- The Corps frequently fails to
mitigate for projects, and does not meet the same
mitigation standards as private developers and other
agencies. The Corps also continues to build projects even
when impacts cannot be mitigated. Example is White River
n Breaks the Law -- The Corps routinely violates
federal environmental laws during project development and
n Species loss -- Corps projects are one leading
cause of freshwater species loss and endangerment in North
America, according to scientists. But the Corps continues
to repeat the environmental mistakes of the past.
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