American Rivers: Send "Flushie" to YouTube’s Front Page

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Via American Rivers:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that nearly 860 billion gallons of sewage spills into our waterways annually. Yuck.

And fortunately, as you may already know, American Rivers is leading the fight for right-to-know legislation that would notify the public of sewage spills. Phew.

But our work isn’t done.

We need your help today to expose “Flushie’s Summer Vacation!” and his “Sewage Happens” message to a larger audience…a MUCH larger audience — like the 70 million daily YouTube viewers.

Help us send Flushie up the YouTube food chain. Our goal is for Flushie to appear on the front page as a featured video, ensuring massive viewing success.

How do we do that? Well, one way we can better position Flushie to be picked up on YouTube’s front page is to ask you to:

1. Go to Flushie’s home on YouTube at

2. Save Flushie’s Summer Vacation! as one of your “Favorite” videos

3. Rate Flushie’s Summer Vacation! now (be sure to give it a five-star rating too!)

Please, take action today to help us make Flushie’s next vacation spot the YouTube front page. Visit Flushie on YouTube at and send him on his way!



easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-31-07

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Action Alerts

American Freedom Campaign: Tell your Senators to confirm an attorney general who will defend the Constitution.
Tell Senate: No more Albertos!

American Rivers: RiverAlert: Tell the Army Corps to Close Hurricane Highway
Urge the Corps to properly close the MRGO. Comments are due Tuesday, September 4, so please act today!

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): California: Urge Governor to Sign Pet Protective Order Bill
California Pet Protection Bill Now Before Governator! CA SB 353, a bill that will allow courts to include animals in restraining orders against batterers, has passed both houses of the Legislature.

Audubon: Last Wild Whooping Cranes Threatened
Tell the Army Corps of Engineers to put this development project on hold until proper environmental review can be conducted.

Audubon: Close the ‘Hurricane Highway’ in New Orleans
Let the Army Corps of Engineers know why restoring coastal wetlands is both good environmental policy and good for New Orleans.

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-24-07

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Action Alerts

International Fund for Horses: Wag a Straw: HR 503 and S 311
Take Action Today Against Horse Slaughter! Wag a Straw at Congress Asking Them to Swiftly Pass The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act

The Wilderness Society: Off-road vehicles threaten largest recommended wilderness in Lower 48
Send the Forest Service your letter today to help protect the Salmon-Challis forest and its wildlands, sensitive ecosystems and wildlife habitat, and quiet recreation opportunities from unmanaged dirt bikes, ATVs, and other off-road vehicles.

World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA): Support the Bear Protection Act
End the Illegal Trade in Bear Bile.

World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA): Help WSPA end cruel contest in Taiwan
At Taiwan’s “Pigs of God” contest hundreds of pigs that have been force-fed to increase their weight to grotesque proportions are slaughtered while fully conscious as part of this so-called “festival”.

Campaign Updates, Press Releases, etc.

The Petition Site: The Wolf and the Donkey, Update
End their misery – Free this wolf and donkey in Albania

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American Rivers: Act Now to Protect the Wild and Wonderful Blackwater River

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

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Act Now to Protect the Wild and Wonderful Blackwater River

The Blackwater River is threatened by plans to transform the historic and scenic Blackwater Canyon Rail Trail into a wide road for logging trucks. Act now to tell the Forest Service that you want to see this crown jewel protected for people and wildlife.

Comments are due Monday, July 23, so please act today at

You can learn more at



American Rivers: Raw Sewage Overflow Community Right to Know Act

Monday, June 25th, 2007

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Raw Sewage Overflow Community Right to Know Act

When it comes to sewage pollution, what you don’t know can hurt you. Every year, more than 850 billion gallons of raw or partially-treated sewage is dumped into the waters where we fish, swim and play. As a result, millions of people become ill each year from unnecessary contact with disease causing pathogens found in sewage.

Astonishingly, there is no nationwide requirement for sewage treatment plants to notify the public when these sewage spills and overflows occur, placing people and their families at risk. Knowledge is a powerful first line of defense, and we all deserve to know when our favorite streams and rivers are unfit for playing and paddling.

You can help fix this problem by asking Congress to pass legislation that requires plant operators to notify the public of sewage spills and overflows. Go to and urge your Representative to cosponsor the Raw Sewage Overflow Community Right to Know Act today.



American Rivers: Help the Upper Delaware — one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Friday, May 18th, 2007

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Help the Upper Delaware — one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

A month ago, we released America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2007 — ten rivers at a crossroads this year. The Upper Delaware River, number four on this list, is now at the tipping point. Take action today to make sure the right decision is made for this river and the communities that depend on it.

The Upper Delaware is threatened by a massive power line. By preliminarily designating the Upper Delaware River Valley as a transmission corridor, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) just made it easier for New York Regional Interconnect, Inc. to build this power line. If built, the power line would scar this scenic gem — one of America’s first Wild and Scenic Rivers — that generates vital economic revenue through tourism and recreation.

Tell the DOE that Wild and Scenic Rivers like the Upper Delaware River should not be used as transmission corridors — it is a use that is completely at odds with the rivers’ protected status and is not in the best interest of the people who depend upon these rivers for revenue, recreation and relaxation.



American Rivers: Mr. Buffett, tear down those dams

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

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Mr. Buffett, tear down those dams

Warren Buffett is a world famous investor, businessman and philanthropist. He now has the opportunity to be known also as a world famous river hero. Help us persuade Mr. Buffett to do the right thing for the Oregon and California communities along the Klamath River by removing his company’s four harmful dams and restoring legendary runs of salmon and steelhead.

Warren Buffett heads the investment firm Berkshire Hathaway. Its subsidiary — PacifiCorp — owns and operates the Klamath dams. On May 5th, Berkshire Hathaway is holding a shareholders meeting in Omaha, Nebraska. This is a perfect occasion to send the message that it’s time to remove the Klamath dams, which produce very little power but wreak havoc on the river’s health, its salmon runs and families who rely on fishing for their livelihood.

By removing the dams and investing in green energy sources like wind, solar and other renewables, PacifiCorp can power a brighter future for the entire Klamath basin, one that will allow the river and local communities to thrive.

One man has the power to make this happen. Join us in urging Warren Buffett to make a wise investment by removing the Klamath dams. The Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting is Saturday, May 5th, so please go to and act today!

null Tiny Violin alert: If you use the sample letter provided by American Rivers, be sure to edit out all that junk about how the Klamath dams cause suffering to “families that depend on the salmon for their livelihoods.” Boo. Hoo.



American Rivers: Save the Clean Water Act!

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

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Save the Clean Water Act!

The fundamental safeguards for clean and healthy water in our streams, rivers and lakes are in jeopardy. A confusing 2006 Supreme Court decision concerning the Clean Water Act has left the fate of 60 percent of the nation’s stream miles in legal limbo. As expected, polluters are now flooding the courts with appeals to raze small streams and wetlands.

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. Got to and urge your representative to co-sponsor the Clean Water Authority Restoration Act of 2007 today.



American Rivers: Help Save the Upper Yellowstone River!

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

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Help Save the Upper Yellowstone River!

Last year’s America’s Most Endangered Rivers report detailed how rampant development in the Upper Yellowstone River’s floodplain has resulted in a dramatic increase in bank stabilization and flood control projects. While intended to protect homes and other buildings from flooding and erosion, these projects have actually caused substantial harm to this majestic river, while providing homeowners with a false sense of security.

Thanks in part to public pressure from river lovers all over America, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is finally moving ahead with long-awaited plans to develop a watershed-level management plan for the Upper Yellowstone River. Now we need to keep the heat on to make sure that the Corps’ plan will protect people and the river by curtailing harmful floodplain development. Tell the Corps to protect people and one of Montana’s — and America’s — last, best rivers. Comments are due this Sunday, April 22, 2007, so please act today.

null Tiny Violin alert: If you use the sample letter provided by American Rivers, be sure to edit out any references to how development will affect fishermen’s “enjoyment” of the Upper Yellowstone River.



American Rivers: Celebrate World Water Day

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

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From: American Rivers – outreach [at]
Date: Mar 22, 2007 8:00 AM
Subject: RiverNews: Celebrate World Water Day

Today is World Water Day. And in honor of American Rivers’ 34th birthday (March 24), we invite you to join us in celebrating the importance of healthy rivers and clean drinking water in our lives!

Photo via emarquetti

The theme of World Water Day 2007 is “Coping with Scarcity,” an issue that hits particularly close to home. America’s demand for water is outpacing supply across the country — not just in the arid West. Here are some things YOU can do to show appreciation for healthy rivers and to help conserve water:

1. You can’t appreciate what you don’t know. Find out where your community gets its drinking water by visiting

2. Test your WaterSense. Take an interactive online quiz at Help Hydro (the water efficiency hero) avoid water-wasting monsters.

3. Every drop counts. Americans now use an average of 100 gallons of water each day — enough to fill 1,600 drinking glasses. By using water more efficiently, you can help preserve water supplies for future generations, save money, and ensure enough water for healthy rivers. Learn ways to conserve water at home by visiting

While personal water conservation is part of the solution, communities must also take leadership. With global warming, population growth, urban sprawl, and intensive agricultural use, water scarcity forces creative thinking for river-friendly solutions. In response to these growing challenges, American Rivers recently released a set of Water Supply Principles ( to help guide decisionmakers toward water supply projects that meet community demand and protect river health.

Cheers to healthy rivers, healthy communities!


Rebecca R. Wodder

To contact American Rivers, email us at outreach [at]



American Rivers: Show love for the Salmon Trout River

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Via American Rivers:

Show love for the Salmon Trout River

Last year, river activists spoke out to protect the Salmon Trout, one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2006. The fight to save the river is not over yet and you can help. A proposed nickel and copper mine that would be located squarely in the headwaters of the Salmon Trout is now one step closer to becoming a reality.

Go to to tell Michigan decisionmakers that you care about the Salmon Trout and the Great Lakes and want to see them protected from harmful mining activities.



American Rivers: U.S. to Canada – Stop Mine Threat to Montana’s Flathead River

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

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U.S. to Canada – Stop Mine Threat to Montana’s Flathead River

It’s called the North Fork River by some, but most know it as the Flathead River. Regardless of the name, this Wild and Scenic River is one our country’s natural jewels, blessed with crystal clear water and unparalleled beauty. Not for long, though, if the Cline Mining Corporation convinces Canadian officials to destroy the headwaters of the Flathead in British Columbia. The company’s proposed open-pit mine would gouge two million tons of coal per year from the river’s source for the next 20 years. Not if we (and you) can help it!

There’s more at stake than this one river. The Flathead also serves as the source of Flathead Lake’s crystal clear waters. And its watershed supports a vast array of wildlife in Montana, including more grizzlies per acre than anywhere else in the Rocky Mountains. Touted as America’s “wildest valley,” the area surrounding the river and its namesake lake is protected by Glacier National Park and a Wild and Scenic River designation.

While the mine proposal is being assessed, Canadian authorities have graciously agreed to accept comments from U.S. residents — but only until Thursday, February 1. Please take a moment to let them know that you appreciate the opportunity to provide input, and then tell them you OPPOSE the mine affecting our beloved Flathead River.



American Rivers: Turn California’s Rivers Wild

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

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Turn California’s Rivers Wild

Good news! The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has recommended eight rivers in California’s Sierra Nevada foothills for Wild and Scenic designation.

This is an excellent idea, but the BLM wants to hear from you!

The agency is accepting public comments on behalf of the South Fork American River, Cosumnes River, North and Middle Forks Cosumnes River, Mokelumne River and its North Fork, North Fork Tuolumne River, and North Fork Merced River.

Please take action today by sending a letter to the BLM to make sure these rivers get the protection they deserve. Remind the BLM that these eight rivers provide important recreational and cultural values for neighboring communities.

These recommended rivers are also among the few remaining free-flowing rivers in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Wild and Scenic protection would prohibit new dams and ensure that federal public lands along the rivers are managed to protect their outstanding values.

Tell the BLM that you support Wild and Scenic protection for these outstanding rivers. Your action today is a promising step forward to add 40 new rivers to the Wild and Scenic Rivers System by the 40th anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 2008.



American Rivers: Speak out against the Corps’ Nationwide Permits

Monday, November 20th, 2006

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Speak out against the Corps’ Nationwide Permits

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is poised to expand its nationwide permit program, fast-tracking the agency’s approval of harmful projects. These nationwide permits provide a “streamlined” approval process for projects with so-called “minor” environmental impacts — yet these impacts can harm freshwater resources and damage rivers and wetlands.

Under the new proposal, the Corps would have broad discretion when it comes to permitting mining, bank stabilization, fill, development, and other activities. The problem is that these nationwide permits lack basic Clean Water Act safeguards, such as public notice requirements and a thorough evaluation of less damaging alternatives. These permits also would allow unwise floodplain development and wetland destruction, putting people and communities at risk.

By creating a less stringent permitting process, the Corps would be rubberstamping the destruction of small streams and wetlands across the country. Now is your chance to stop the Corps from allowing the destruction of our nation’s valuable streams, wetlands, and floodplains. Tell the Corps that you oppose its nationwide permitting package. The comment deadline is next week, so please act TODAY!



American Rivers: Don’t Let the Corps Kill the Caloosahatchee

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

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Don’t Let the Corps Kill the Caloosahatchee: Tell the Corps to Go Back to the Drawing Board!

Just six months after American Rivers listed Florida’s Caloosahatchee River as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers due to releases of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee, the Army Corps of Engineers is set to make the problem even worse.

Already, the Caloosahatchee regularly gets inundated by a so-called “chocolate soup” of toxins from the lake proven to irritate human skin, cause nausea and vomiting, and affect liver functions. These toxins are also believed to be the cause of periodic outbreaks of Red Tide, blue-green algae and other never-before-seen species of algae that have turned the Caloosahatchee a kaleidoscope of colors and decimated river wildlife.

The Corps has now issued a draft plan that would lower the maximum level of Lake Okeechobee by more than one foot, requiring that more polluted water be dumped into the Caloosahatchee on a regular basis. The agency’s plan threatens the lifeblood of Southwest Florida. The Caloosahatchee contributes more than $2 billion annually to tourism through recreational use and cultural events. It provides drinking water for 40,000 residents in Lee County and irrigation for citrus and sugar crops on Florida’s west coast. The river basin also comprises part of the Great Calusa Blueway — a celebrated water trail home to dolphins, manatees and more than 300 species of birds.

Tell the Army Corps of Engineers to go back to the drawing board — Please do it TODAY since the comment period ends on Monday! Urge the Corps to scrap its harmful plan in favor of one that will reduce — not increase — pollution in the Caloosahatchee River.

American Rivers: A Dam Runs Through It?

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

Via American Rivers:

A Dam Runs Through It?

After a year of delays, the U.S. Forest Service is set to decide the fate of the Mike Horse Dam, a monstrosity built to contain metallic mining waste, perched precariously atop the headwaters of Montana’s famous river. Located about 100 miles east of Missoula, this glorified pile of zinc, copper and silver mine tailings threatens to pollute the river with more than two million cubic yards of toxic sediment.

In July 2005, your comments to the Forest Service bolstered local efforts to remove this mountain of noxious mine tailings — and now your help is needed to close the deal. Tell the Forest Service that protecting the Blackfoot River requires removing the Mike Horse Dam.

The comment deadline is Monday, September 18, so please act today!

American Rivers: Unnatural Disasters, Natural Solutions

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

In the latest issue of Currents, American Rivers announces a new report detailing the post-Katrina flooding of New Orleans:

Last year’s post-Katrina flooding underscored, once again, our nation’s failed strategy for reducing flood damage to communities. As the country observed the one-year anniversary of the drowning of New Orleans, American Rivers released a report that details the causes of the tragedy, and recommends key changes to the nation’s approach to flood protection. Case studies illustrate how communities across the nation have reduced their over-reliance on structural flood controls that repeatedly failed to protect them, in favor of natural flood protection strategies. Read Unnatural Disasters, Natural Solutions: Lessons from the Flooding of New Orleans.

If you’d like to learn more, here’s a press release that explains the 44-page report in further detail:

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American Rivers: Help ensure protection for all streams and wetlands!

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Via American Rivers Outreach:

Help ensure protection for all streams and wetlands!

After years of legal assault against the Clean Water Act by developers and other polluters, the U.S. Supreme Court last month issued a confusing opinion that leaves the fate of 60% of the nation’s stream miles in a state of legal limbo. As expected, hostile lower courts are exploiting the ruling to weaken federal protections for smaller waterways and wetlands. A Texas court recently invoked the Supreme Court decision to strip safeguards against oil pollution in a tributary stream. Congress can fix this troubling situation by passing legislation restoring full federal protection for all our waters!

Urge your Senator to co-sponsor the Clean Water Authority Restoration Act.

Click here to learn more, or here to take action.

American Rivers: Oppose EPA’s New Pollution Pumping Policy

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Via American Rivers:

Oppose EPA’s New Pollution Pumping Policy

Under the Clean Water Act, pumping polluted water from one body of water to another is illegal without a permit. The law (and common sense!) tell us that transferring dirty, contaminated water into clean water poses grave threats to public health, fish and wildlife.

Yet the Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to exempt water transfers from the Clean Water Act — no matter how contaminated the transferred water is and even when it is being pumped into drinking water sources! This proposed rule undermines the Clean Water Act and compromises the health of our nation’s lakes, rivers, streams, coasts and other waters.

The agency is accepting public comments until July 24. It is important that EPA receive as many comments as possible in opposition to its reckless policy proposal.

Please tell the EPA today that pumping polluted water into clean water without a permit must remain illegal under the Clean Water Act.

American Rivers: Good Riddance MRGO

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

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From: American Rivers Outreach – outreach [at] americanrivers [dot] org
Date: Jun 14, 2006 2:23 PM
Subject: Good Riddance MRGO

June 14, 2006

At long last, Congress has turned tough talk into action on the notorious Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO).

After destroying coastal wetlands that could have served as a protective natural buffer during Hurricane Katrina, and acting as a “hurricane highway” that funneled the storm surge and breached levees in New Orleans neighborhoods, the MRGO is finally on its way to being gone.

This week, the Congress agreed to a plan championed by Senators Landrieu (D-La.), Vitter (R-La.), Inhofe (R-Ok.), and Jeffords (I-Vt.) that will close the MRGO and require the restoration of wetlands devastated by its construction and operation (Click here to read our press release ). A report from the Corps on final closure and restoration is due in 18 months.

While this action comes too late for New Orleans flooding victims in St. Bernard Parish and the Lower Ninth Ward, at least the MRGO won’t continue to wreak havoc on Louisiana’s dwindling wetlands and the people who count on the coastal buffer zone to lessen the damage from powerful storms.

American Rivers is proud to have joined a number of community, conservation, and governmental leaders who pushed for the closure of the misguided Corps of Engineers shipping channel that did little but worsen the Katrina tragedy. As always, we thank you, our dedicated supporters for helping to make a difference.


Rebecca R. Wodder

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