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NFC: Support the Army Corps Reform Act of 2000

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Support the Army Corps Reform Act of 2000 in the House!

Support the Army Corps Reform Act of 2000!

Call or email your Representative and urge him/her to co-
sponsor the Army Corps Reform Act of 2000, which will be 
introduced by Representative Ron Kind (D-WI) this week. 

The Army Corps Reform Act of 2000 will:

·	Require independent review for large ($25 million 
or more) or controversial projects;
·	Require full, concurrent mitigation for project 
·	Empower the Corps' Environmental Advisory Board to 
oppose projects when impacts cannot be cost-effectively or 
successfully mitigated;
·	Require monitoring of completed projects;
·	Create a stakeholder advisory group to guide 
project development; and 
·	Make economic benefits and environmental 
restoration co-equal goals of project planning.

You can call your Representative by calling the 
Congressional Switchboard at 202-225-3121. Or visit 
CongressMerge at 
http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/index.html to 
identify your Representative 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 the American Rivers’ Corps Reform page at 
http://www.amrivers.org -- click on “Corps Reform” in 
the “River Campaigns” section. Or contact Jeff Stein at 
jstein at amrivers_org at 319-884-4481 or Scott Faber at 
sfaber at amrivers_org or 202-347-7550 x3015. 

The need for Corps Reform is greater than ever: 
·	No Oversight -- The absence of civilian and 
congressional oversight has allowed Corps planners and 
project boosters to bend the rules to support questionable 
projects. Examples include Upper Mississippi River locks, 
Yazoo Pumps, Big Sunflower dredging, New Madrid levee, 
Columbia River deepening, Delaware River deepening, and the 
C&D Canal Deepening. 
·	Self-Promoting Agency -- The Corps has become a 
self-perpetuating agency, promoting rather than analyzing 
·	Benefit-Cost Analysis Flawed -- Corps 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. 
·	Inadequate Mitigation -- In many cases, the Corps 
only replaces a fraction of the habitat their projects 
destroy. In some cases, the Corps has simply failed to 
mitigate for the environmental impacts of levees, dams and 
channels, or mitigation projects have failed to produce 
promised benefits.
·	 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. 

Additional background information can be found on American 
Rivers’ Corps Reform page at 
http://www.amrivers.org -- click on “Corps Reform” in 
the “River Campaigns” section.