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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 
http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/index.html to 
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 
navigation. 

n	Breaks the Law -- The Corps routinely violates 
federal environmental laws during project development and 
project operations. 

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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