Petition

Don't Use the Drought as an Excuse to Gut the Endangered Species Act

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American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams.

About the Petition

Members of Congress with ties to agriculture special interests are pushing a water bill that includes provisions designed to gut the Endangered Species Act and overturn decades of negotiations among broad stakeholders.

This bill is rehashing outdated ideas that don’t reflect the views of most Californians. It is a shameless attempt to use the suffering of people who are trying to cope with the impacts of California’s drought as an excuse to waive environmental laws.

With support from activists like you, we stopped a similar bill two years ago. Now we need your help to stop this one before it rolls back protections for our rivers and clean water.

Photo Credit: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

To: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Stop rushing water bills to the floor for voting so that the public won’t have the opportunity to see how bad they really are. We can't afford to substitute the judgment of a handful of members of Congress and their supporters in agribusiness for the hundreds of scientists who have spent decades conducting the research necessary to develop water policy for California that balances the needs of both fish and farmers.

The Endangered Species Act did not cause California’s drought, and eliminating the environmental protections for salmon and the Bay-Delta ecosystem won’t make it rain. Don't use the suffering of people who are trying to cope with the impacts of California’s drought as an excuse to waive environmental laws. Congress should instead focus on providing relief to drought-stricken communities and invest in long-term conservation and efficiency measures that could help prevent future droughts from being as severe.

Sincerely,

[Your name here] 

Supporters

  • 4318
    Jeanne Jacobowitz
    Carmel, NY
    11 months ago
  • 4317
    Melissa Britton
    Bothell, WA
    11 months ago
  • 4316
    Ilisa Elkin
    Portland, PA
    11 months ago
  • 4315
    Pat Holbrook
    Clintwood, VA
    11 months ago
  • 4314
    Dustin Keyes
    Brooklyn, NY
    11 months ago
  • 4313
    Sophie Miller
    Providence, RI
    11 months ago
  • 4312
    Anonymous
    Denton, TX
    11 months ago
  • 4311
    Kra Bowen
    Canada
    11 months ago
  • 4310
    Stephen Yoo
    Wailuku, HI
    11 months ago
  • 4309
    Milo Elliot
    Portland, OR
    11 months ago
  • 4308
    Cherry Schilling
    Hobe Sound, FL
    11 months ago
  • 4307
    Kim Loan Nguyen
    San Jose, CA
    11 months ago
  • 4306
    Anonymous
    Denver, CO
    11 months ago
  • 4305
    Terry Walker
    Lake Worth, FL
    11 months ago

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