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NFC: Fw: Corps Reform Caucus

Urge your representative in Congress to join in the dialogue of a new 
House caucus and support long-overdue reforms of the U.S. Army Corps 
of Engineers.  Corps reform is urgently needed to help protect 
rivers, bays and wetlands from environmentally devastating and 
economically questionable dams, levees and dredging.

To email your representative, visit www.americanrivers.org/takeaction 
and click on "Urge Your Member to Join the Dialogue: Corps Reform 

What's At Stake

No federal agency has as great an impact on the nation's rivers, 
floodplains, wetlands and bays as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

For nearly 200 years, thousands of the nation's most storied rivers 
including the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Columbia and Rio Grande 
have been dammed and channelized by the Army Corps, and hundreds of 
rivers and bays continue to be damaged by Corps dam operations and 
dredging.  Nearly half of the nation's wetlands have been lost, but 
the Army Corps continues to allow private developers to destroy more 
than 30,000 acres of wetlands each year. 

Army Corps projects and project operations are among the leading 
reasons North America's freshwater species are disappearing as fast 
as tropical rainforest species and five times faster than land-based 
species. Nevertheless, the Army Corps continues to build navigation, 
breach replenishment and flood control projects with few economic 
benefits and high environmental costs.

What's Being Done

Fortunately, a bipartisan coalition of Congressional Representatives 
has launched a new Corps Reform Caucus to ensure that Corps of 
Engineers projects protect taxpayers and the environment. 

To learn more about efforts to reform the Army Corps, visit