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ACCIÓN COMUNAL: RESCATEMOS LA PLAYA FLAMENCO, Culebra, Puerto Rico

 ••• Scroll down for English •••   Nos unimos para defender las aguas pristinas costaneras de la famosa Playa Flamenco, joya del archipiélago Caribeño de Culebra, Puerto Rico.   Los fracasos de las agencias gubernamentales al no obligar el cumplimiento con la política pública y las leyes ambientales ha resultado en un daño irreparable a la integridad ecológica de la Bahía Flamenco, Designada como; Hábitat Crítico para Arrecifes de Coral y Tortugas Marinas en Peligro de Extinción.   Un delincuente ambiental crónico, ha continuado la construcción ilegal y sin permisos por más de diez años. Sigue rellenando humedales protegidos y escarbando carreteras, causando erosión e impactos significantes de sedimentación en el área conocida como el Muellecito.   Últimamente, como resultado de dos huracanes catastróficos, nuestros ciudadanos y las agencias públicas están enfocadas en esfuerzos de recuperación, mientras se usa el desastre natural para encubrir deforestación acelerada.   Ésto le ha causado un impacto mortal al sistema ecológico que tanto ha sufrido recientemente.  A su vez, éste impacto sigue alterando para siempre la belleza extraordinaria del paisaje natural y las aguas cristalinas de nuestra querida Playa Flamenco.   Éste ‘proyectista’, quien busca identificarse como ambientalista, sigue abusando de nuestros tribunales y continúa su hábito de intimidación hacia agencias de gobierno y ciudadanos locales.  Consigue privatizar lo que se honra como dominio público y bloquea el acceso tradicional hacia áreas históricas, logrando la destrucción del patrimonio natural y cultural.     Éste patrimonio otorgado en herencia, está protegido por leyes federales, estatales y municipales.    Especificamente, Ley 66 del 1975, (política pública de Puerto Rico) que tiene como propósito principal el preservar y conservar la integridad ecológica de Culebra.    Por lo tanto, reclamamos la ejecución de leyes existentes y política pública para asegurar la protección y conservación de la Bahía de Flamenco para la prosperidad y bienestar de futuras generaciones.   Nosotros, los suscritos, EXIGIMOS que nuestras agencias tomen acción y obliguen el cumplimiento con:   El CESE y DESISTA INMEDIATO a todo trabajo en el área de Flamenco.   La ELIMINACIÓN de estructuras ilegales y RESTAURACIÓN de todas las áreas afectadas en Flamenco.   Imponer MULTAS y PENALIDADES proporcional a un delincuente habitual por cada movimiento de terreno, carretera y estructura ilegal en el área de Flamenco.   Re-establecer el ACCESO LIBRE en lugares de dominio público.  Eliminación de portones, verjas y escombros bloqueando el ACCESO público tradicional al Muellecito, Playa Resaca, el Bosque de Piedras y el Puesto de Observación (OP), según resolución ACDEC 01-076-A del 17 de enero 2007  (acceso de emergencia).   Asegurar la TRANSPARENCIA en todas las acciones posteriores. Ésto se llevará a cabo a través de notificaciones a la comunidad en general, por medio de anuncios o boletines impresos, redes sociales y reuniones públicas.              ____________________                                        ••• ENGLISH •••     COMMUNITY ACTION:     RESCUE FLAMENCO BEACH   We are uniting to defend the pristine coastal waters of world renowned Flamenco beach, the jewel of the Caribbean archipelago of Culebra, Puerto Rico…   Failures of government agencies to enforce public policy and environmental laws has resulted in irreparable harm to the ecological integrity of Flamenco Bay, listed as Critical Habitat for endangered sea turtles and coral reefs.   For over a decade, a chronic environmental offender has continued illegal construction without permits, filling protected wetlands and carving roads, causing erosion and significant sedimentation impacts to the area known as “El Muellecito.”   Now in the aftermath of two catastrophic hurricanes public agencies and citizens are focused on recovery efforts, meanwhile the natural disaster is being used as a cover for accelerated deforestation and unsustainable development.  This has dealt a mortal blow to the recently battered ecosystem, forever altering the extraordinary beauty, natural landscape and crystalline waters of our beloved Flamenco Beach.   Through the abuse of our legal system, this developer who falsely presents himself as an environmentalist, has consistently intimidated government agencies and local citizens, privatizing what we honor as public domain and blocking traditional access to historical areas, effectively destroying cultural and natural patrimony.   All of this is protected by federal, state and municipal laws.   Specifically, Law 66 of 1975, (public policy of Puerto Rico) whose primary purpose is to preserve and conserve the ecological integrity of Culebra’s delicate ecosystem.     Therefore, we seek the enforcement of existing laws and public policy, to ensure the protection and conservation of Flamenco Bay for the prosperity and well-being of future generations.    We (the undersigned) DEMAND agencies take action and enforce: IMMEDIATE CEASE and DESIST of all work in the area of Flamenco. REMOVAL of illegal structures & RESTORATION of ALL affected areas of Flamenco.   FINES and PENALTIES proportionate to a repeat offender for each illegal movement of earth, road and structure in the area of Flamenco. OPEN ACCESS to Public Domain areas. Extraction of fences, gates and debris blocking traditional public ACCESS to El Muellecito (the shark pen), Resaca beach, the boulder forest and the observation post (OP), in accordance with ACDEC resolution 01-076-A, January 17, 2007. (Emergency access) TRANSPARENCY on all further actions.  This is to occur through written notifications to the community using advertisements, bulletins, social media, and public meetings.              ____________________    

CULEBRA 66
36,920 supporters
Petitioning Florida Residents, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Donald Trump, Rick Scott, Environmental Protection Agency, Florida, Florida Department of Environmental protection

Get the Army Corp of Engineers to Fix Lake Okeechobee

The Treasure Coast is once again experiencing significant toxic blue-green algae invasion on the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon. The incredible devastation of the 2016 toxic algae bloom on our economy and environment are about to be repeated. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently discharging nearly four billion gallons of water per day to the east and west of Lake Okeechobee. These releases from Lake Okeechobee we are experiencing are a direct contributory factor in the development of these toxic algae blooms.  The State of Florida has taken significant steps to address the releases from Lake Okeechobee within the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan expending over $2.5 billion since its inception as well as the passage of the Legacy Florida  . This year over $248 million was allocated to Legacy Florida projects and the planning process for the deep-water reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee is well underway.  Although these critical projects will provide long term solutions to the problems created by the releases from Lake Okeechobee, we are currently facing an immediate crisis in our estuaries. We need to have Governor Scott declare a State of Emergency on the Treasure Coast and seek a Executive Order from the President of the United States to direct the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to override the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS) to permit additional water to be held with the Lake and stop the releases from Lake Okeechobee into our rivers Please join me in writing to the U. S. Army Corps and signing the attached petition to urge their immediate action to stop the releases.

Representative Gayle Harrell
2,946 supporters
Petitioning Charlie Baker, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bill Keating, Elizabeth Warren, Ethan Britland, Nathan Peyton

Coalition for The FIX: New Bridges NOW-Cape Cod

The Cape Cod community is calling on Governor Charlie Baker, State, and Federal officials to support and fund a permanent fix for the Cape Cod Canal area transportation system. The 83+-year-old Sagamore and Bourne Bridges are too old, too narrow, rated either “structurally deficient” or “functionally obsolete” and qualify for replacement under federal guidelines. They have no modern safety features such as lane separation, shoulders, and pedestrian or bicycle separations. Cape area residents and businesses depend on predictable and efficient travel over the Canal for their economic well-being, and safety during medical emergencies or natural disasters. These antiquated bridges which have chronic maintenance cycles requiring lane drops are causing an estimated $30 million/year in lost time, and are hurting residents and businesses through missed appointments, aggravation, and pollution from auto emissions. We call on our elected officials to: 1. Implement recommendations in the MassDOT Canal Area Transportation Study to fix connecting roadways and minimize congestion, while maintaining the character and environmental protection of the region. The final report of the MassDOT-led Cape Cod Canal Area Transportation Study is complete and pending release.  It addresses improvements to all of the connecting roadways and chokepoints that create and enhance congestion.  Alone this will provide relief and provide a more efficient roadway system.  When combined with new bridges they will relieve all but peak-season travel delays, while maintaining the character of the Cape and preserving environmental assets. http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/capecodcanalstudy/Home.aspx 2. Press for a timely conclusion to the Army Corps of Engineers Major Rehabilitation Evaluation Report with a recommendation to replace both bridges, and then expedite actions necessary to do so.  Corps estimates of another decade to begin replacement bridge construction are not acceptable. To address the future of some of the oldest U.S. Army Corp’s bridges in the nation, the Army Corps is finalizing a “Major Rehabilitation Evaluation Report” to determine whether the bridges should continue to be maintained or replaced.  We believe that replacement is the obvious answer. Restricted road access over the Canal is one of our region's greatest economic threats.  The time for talk and study is over.  Deliberate action is needed now.  

Coalition for The FIX - Cape Cod
2,866 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Protect wetlands from being impacted - Bedico, Tangipahoa

As citizens of Tangipahoa and concerned citizens in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin, we want to protect our property, homes, wetlands, wildlife and natural resources. Many residents have experienced flooding in this area during the floods of 1983 and 2016. More recently with rapid development, many are experiencing high water levels threatening homes during each heavy rain event with inadequate drainage and less natural water storage areas. Fairhope Development is a 445 acre site with 796 residential lots that will impact 12.192 acres of wetlands. The attached picture shows water from the 2016 flood on another subdivision just north of this project site.  Wildlife has very little places to roam today because of large amounts of wetlands being impacted. Lake Pontchartrain is experiencing high levels of algae blooms near the Northshore from runoff mixing with the fresh water from the Bonnet Carre Spillway opening.  During parish meetings, residents are concerned that their information is of no importance. Natural floodways, floodplains, and fill are impacting current homes. The public is told retention ponds will handle all the water but only to a 100 year flood standard. The watershed needs natural water storage and floodplains to hold, soak up, and filter the flood waters. Our aquifer needs wetlands to recharge our drinking water as it slowly being depleted by development and runoff.  Over 650,000 cubic yards of fill will be extracted from the property and used as fill for this project with over 12 acres of wetlands negatively impacted. This property took on water during the 2016 floods as shown in the 2017 FEMA Resiliency Study. The water is coming again so the current and future residents need to be protected by preserving all the wetlands on this property. Our citizens deserve a public hearing to voice our concerns. We are asking the Corp and LDEQ to deny these permits for impacting wetlands.   https://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/Portals/56/docs/regulatory/publicnotices/2019_00696_PNall.pdf?ver=2019-07-29-135110-560 Application Number MVN-2019-00696-EG  Corp: angelle.v.greer@usace.army.mil DEQ Application Number: WQC 190723-02 DEQ: elizabeth.hill@la.gov  

Kim Landry Coates
2,661 supporters