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President Trump’s systematic dismantling of the EPA and water protections is a disaster in the making for New York’s water. Clean water — safe for wildlife, drinking and recreation — is only possible if we protect our water sources, and a strong EPA is critical toward that goal. Irresponsible executive orders that undermine the Clean Water Act, along with looming and potentially crippling budget and staff cuts, can destroy years of progress.
Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and press 2 for your house representative.
Here’s is a short script and talking points to highlight EPAs critical clean water work in New York.
“Hi my name is _______ and I am calling to ask [Congress member _____ ] to stand up for New York values and protect the EPA from President Trump’s proposed budget cuts. The President’s EPA budget and staff proposal would threaten decades of hard won progress for New York. I implore [Congress member _____ ] to reject this proposal and vote no on this dirty water budget.”
The U.S. Coast Guard has collected public comments on an industry proposal to establish a large number of new anchorages for commercial vessels in the Hudson River — 43 berths in 10 locations from Yonkers to Kingston, comprising more than 2,400 acres. Read about the unprecedented public outcry during the now closed comment period. Join the fight against this proposal.
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New York State has recorded a 20-fold increase in mortality in the Hudson Estuary – starting at the exact time the Tappan Zee Bridge construction project began in 2012. The Fisheries Service should be made aware that protecting these fish is a priority for those of us in the Hudson Valley who love this river and the life in it.
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Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon are protected by the Endangered Species Act, and New York has committed to limiting impacts on these fish throughout the construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge project. Riverkeeper is carefully monitoring the process, and we’ve retained the right to enforce the permit requirements designed to protect sturgeon if sturgeon are being harmed. Be watchful when visiting the river, and make timely and thorough reports if you observe a dead sturgeon. Report Your Observations.
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