The St. Croix, protected as a Wild and Scenic river, provides a wealth of beautiful scenery, recreation opportunities for paddlers and anglers, and a haven for wildlife.
However, a proposal to build a costly highway bridge would set a precedent for weakening Wild and Scenic protections for rivers nationwide.
Congress must oppose legislation that revokes Wild and Scenic protections and creates a loophole for the expensive bridge, and the Governor of Minnesota must evaluate common-sense alternatives.
Tell your representatives not to weaken Wild and Scenic protections for the St. Croix river that could harm Wild and Scenic rivers nationwide.
As a supporter of American Rivers, I am writing to express my concern over the huge, freeway-style bridge that is threatening the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Please support an alternative crossing that saves taxpayers money while protecting the scenic character and ecological integrity of the St. Croix River.
Last October, the National Park Service ruled that the proposed freeway-style bridge over the Lower St. Croix would violate the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act and negatively impact the "outstandingly remarkable values" for which the river was protected more than 40 years ago by Congress.
Due to the damage this freeway would cause to the river, and the dangerous precedent that would be set for federally protected Wild and Scenic Rivers nationwide, American Rivers has listed the St. Croix River as one of America's Most Endangered Rivers(TM) of 2011.
I support a "lower and slower" alternative bridge which would be less costly, while still providing jobs and a new and safer crossing for area residents. Our state and federal budgets simply cannot afford the projected $690 million cost for this project.
The Park Service decision has provided the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin with the opportunity to look at new bridge alternatives. Please oppose any legislation that strips the federal protection from the St. Croix River, and protect the integrity of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
Thank you for your consideration.
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