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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