The U.S. Congress is poised to roll back Wild and Scenic protections for the St. Croix River in Minnesota and Wisconsin despite its beautiful scenery, recreation opportunities for paddlers and anglers, and habitat for fish and wildlife. There are cheaper and more environmentally friendly options available than this "Bridge to Nowhere." Tell your U.S. Representative to oppose wasting tax dollars on an expensive bridge that would weaken Wild and Scenic protections for the St. Croix River.
- House of Representatives
- U.S. House of Representatives
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 oppose S. 1134/H.R. 850 and support an alternative crossing that saves taxpayers money while protecting the scenic character and ecological integrity of the St. Croix River.
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. We simply cannot afford the projected $690 million cost for this project that would serve only 18,000 crossings a day.
In 2010, 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 bridge 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(R) of 2011.
Please protect the integrity of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by opposing any legislation that exempts this massive bridge from the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
Thank you for your consideration.
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