Saturday, March 27, 2010

DU asks support for North American Wetland Conservation Act (yes, I removed the s because it is unnecessary and appears illiterate)

Please click on the headline to go to the Ducks Unlimited site and read more about the conservation act.

Contact your senators!
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Contact your senators
now!Dear Waterfowl Enthusiast,
Every year, Congress has the opportunity to fund an important program that helps conserve vital waterfowl habitat across our continent – the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).
What sets NAWCA apart from other government programs is that every dollar from the federal government must be matched by at least one dollar from partner contributors like Ducks Unlimited. The projects are so popular that partners often contribute two to three times the federal investment.
Unlike most other government programs, every dollar spent on NAWCA means at least $2 goes to on-the-ground conservation.
A "Dear Colleague" letter is currently circulating through the U.S. Senate from Senators Blanche Lincoln (Ark.) and John Thune (S.D.), encouraging other senators to sign on and support funding for the program.
Ducks Unlimited members and supporters need to let your senators know we expect them to support NAWCA. It's good for waterfowl and waterfowl hunters!
Please click here and follow the directions to contact your members of Congress through the DU Web site. Or go to to learn more.
Thanks in advance for your help with this important issue and please pass this on to every waterfowl hunter you know.
Ducks Unlimited

Monday, March 22, 2010

Ask Congress to restore Clean Water Act now

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March 22, 2010
keep our nation's waters are protected under the Clean Water Act
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Dear Aubrey,
If you think the Clean Water Act protects your drinking water from pollution, think again. Please take action today to ensure fundamental safeguards for clean water in our streams, rivers, and lakes.
A confusing 2006 Supreme Court decision on the Clean Water Act has left the fate of 60 percent of the nation’s stream miles -– that provide drinking water for 117 million Americans –- in legal limbo. As a result, as reported in The New York Times, polluters are now claiming complete exemptions from reporting what they dump into local streams.
Congress can resolve this problem by passing legislation to restore full federal protection for all our waters. Help us ensure that all of our nation’s waters are protected under the Clean Water Act. Urge your representative to support introducing and passing the Clean Water Restoration Act today.
Thank you for your support.
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Katherine Baer
Senior Director, Clean Water Program

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I would like to express grave concern over the loss of protection for many of our small streams that provide clean drinking water for 117 million Americans in communities across the country. Supreme Court decisions in the Rapanos and Carabell cases have made it confusing and burdensome for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect small streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.

As a result, enforcement actions against polluters have declined sharply the EPA estimates that over 1,000 cases have been shelved or dropped altogether. More recently it has become clear that some polluters are using the decisions as a justification to avoid any permitting and reporting requirements for discharging pollutants into our waters.

For the Clean Water Act to fulfill its goal of restoring the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation's waters, all waters must receive protection corresponding with Congress' original intent when passing this landmark law. Upstream waters must be protected from pollution and destruction if we expect downstream waters to be fit for swimming, drinking, and fish and wildlife, and downstream communities to be safe from flooding.

I urge you to act in the interest of preserving clean water for healthy communities and wildlife. Please support introduction and passage of the Clean Water Restoration Act, which would clarify the definition of waters to eliminate uncertainty and ensure clean water in accordance with the goals of the Clean Water Act.

Thank you for your consideration.