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Petition to FAA and Congress

Ban Nonessential Helicopters Over NYC & Regulate NY/NJ Metropolitan Airspace

I, the undersigned, for the numerous reasons listed below, urge the FAA to ban non-essential helicopters from NYC’s airspace and adjacent waterways and I petition the United States Congress to pass H.R.4880 – “The Improving Helicopter Safety Act of 2019.” 1) Non-essential Helicopters Pose Needless Dangers Over Densely Populated Cities, such as NYC:      Since 1980, there have been at least 30 helicopter crashes in and around NYC, resulting in numerous fatalities and serious injuries, as well as property damage. In 2019, a commuter helicopter crashed into midtown’s Equitable Building resulting in the death of the pilot, a rooftop fire, and a neighborhood evacuation. Also, in 2019, a Blade helicopter crashed into the Hudson River. In 2017, all 5 passengers died when a Liberty Tour sightseeing flight crashed into the East River. Unbelievably, even with such a history of crashes, tourism, photography, commuter and charter helicopters continue to fly dangerously low over our buildings, parks, schools, waterways and roadways seven days a week. Non-essential helicopters should not be flying over densely populated cities, and “The  Improving Helicopter Safety Act of 2019” introduced by NY Congress-members Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, and Nydia Velasquez, would prohibit such risky flights. This legislation is long-overdue and must be passed by Congress, as the FAA has negligently allowed helicopter traffic to run amok over NYC, NJ, local waterways, and much of the NY metropolitan area without appropriate restrictive and protective regulations. Non-essential helicopters also pose an unnecessary terrorism risk, as heliport security is generally lax to non-existent; NYC has already been the target of several terrorist attacks, including the 9/11 hijacked airline flights into the World Trade Center. We need to protect our citizens from both accidental helicopter crashes and potential helicopter terrorism. 2) Non-Essential Helicopters Create Needless and Harmful Environmental and Noise Pollution:      Passing this legislation would have a positive impact on literally millions of residents and visitors in the greater NY Metropolitan Area who suffer needlessly from toxic noise and air pollution year after year. The incessant loud noise and rumbling vibrations from helicopter flights over buildings, homes, parks, schools and open spaces create a continuous stressful environment. Numerous studies show the deleterious effect of noise on learning, and excessive helicopter noise can lead to slower brain development in children and eventual brain damage if not curtailed early. Yet, alarmingly, many schools are near the flightpaths of these non-essential helicopters. Additionally, beloved urban parks, such as NYC’s iconic Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Governor’s Island, and others are part of the sightseeing plans of tourism and photography helicopters that emanate from New Jersey airports; for example, loud helicopters hover over the reservoir jogging path, Shakespeare in the Park, and the NY Philharmonics Great Lawn concerts in Central Park. Helicopters detract from what should be quiet and peaceful experiences for residents and tourists in our urban nature oases. Similarly, incessant tourist and commuter helicopters buzzing over our surrounding rivers and harbors reduce the ability of residents and visitors alike to enjoy these areas for recreation and sightseeing. After spending over $1 billion on beautiful waterfront parks (in NYC’s five boroughs and along the Hudson River on both the NJ and NY sides), park goers now have to suffer with noisy flights as often as every two minutes. Additionally, these fossil fuel guzzling helicopter flights add at least 6,000 tons of toxic carbon pollution annually, poisoning the air we breathe and contributing to climate change.  3) Conclusion:      For-profit helicopter companies treat our skies and neighborhoods as their private domain with no regard for the millions of people who are negatively affected on a daily basis. Helicopter traffic reduces real estate values, puts people at risk of life and property loss, and negatively impacts outdoor businesses, festivals and public events. These non-essential helicopters are a highly polluting form of transportation and entertainment and they needlessly create stress-inducing noise pollution throughout NY and NJ neighborhoods. Helicopter “joyrides” have dangerously been allowed to proliferate our skies irrespective of the detriment they cause to the many. For all these stated reasons, Congress must ban non-essential helicopter flights over densely populated urban areas, and the FAA must finally agree to properly regulate the overcrowded and unsafe airspace in the greater NY/NJ Metropolitan area. It is time to take back our skies, environment, and peace of mind! Sources: www.stopthechopnynj.org  

Stop the Chop NY/NJ
3,800 supporters
Update posted 3 hours ago

Petition to Rita Ventry, Dr. Robbin Trindell, Curt Smith, Debbie Mayfield, Thad Altman, Bill Posey

Stop HF Radar System on Hightower Park Preserve

Hightower Park Preserve in Satellite Beach, Florida is a state funded Oceanside Wildlife and Habitat Preserve, created in 1999 by what is now called Florida Forever Fund. The problem is Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) will install a High Frequency Radar system on preservation lands meant to be undisturbed. But first they need a permit from USFWS and permission from FDEP. The project is funded by NOAA.  RADAR WILL DISTURB IMPERILED PRESERVATION AREAAccording to management plan: "The objective of preserving in its native state the largest remaining expanse of contiguous undeveloped oceanfront within the 30+ miles... of reasonably-intact Coastal strand." Additionally, "This project site contains the last remaining natural Coastal Strand, as well as much of the remaining imperiled natural Beach Dune and Coastal Grassland" within 30 miles. "Documented to contain biologically viable populations of three listed plant species (one endangered and two threatened)" and "remnant population of Federal and State threatened southeastern beach mouse."ACTION NEEDED NOW. Unless we take action, HF radar system will be permitted in 30-60 days for 12 towers near the dune and 4 transmit more towers in an area of heavy vegetation. The project was approved by the City of Satellite Beach 20 January 2021.  We need the Florida Communities Trust (FCT) under the Florida Dept of Environmental Protection to not amend their Preserve Agreement to allow this use; and the federal USFWS agency to say no to the permits.  To do this we need your signature on this petition. Time is very short to get this done. Please share to your friends and please call your state representative and congressman to ask for support on this issue.PURPOSE OF PRESERVE NOT CONSISTENT WITH HF RADARThe purpose of this Hightower Preserve is for preservation, environmental education and community beach park (with small parking lot to minimize human inpact to preserve). The preserve is to protect endangered plant species, endangered mouse, threatened and endangered shore birds, endangered and threatened sea turtles, as well as protections for the very diverse near-shore reef.  Nothing about this project fullfils the purpose of the preserve.  RADAR NOT FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCHThe HF radar system doesn't belong in a preserve. Further Dr. Steven Lazarus, FIT said in the Satellite Beach Council meeting that the system is not for research scientists - it is for community purposes.  Therefore, there is no value to the preserve in the way of academic research to benefit the preserve - all the while it has negative impact to sensitive lands.  The purpose of the radar as communicated to Florida Today, states, "improve search-and-rescue, red tide, rip current and erosion predictions."PRESERVE PURPOSEIn addition to disturbances needed to install systems is not acceptable for the preserve-  the system also does not provide any value to the function and purpose of the preserve. The radar does not meet the designated uses of the preserve: "wildlife and habitat preservation, open space and beach acceess for the public, environmental education." The designated uses of the preserve does NOT include radar towers or equiment. LACK OF DUE DILIGENCE INTO HARM TO PRESERVEThere is also a community concern  whether the radar will  harm the endangered and threatened species on a very environmentally sensitive preserve. No Updated Plant Species Survey and Plan for no disturbance: "In no case will the only specimen(s) of listed plants known to be on the Project Site be disturbed."  There hasn't been an impact study, or survey of plants/species (supposed to be periodically done under management agreement with state) to access the impact to the preserve. The last survey of endangered and threatened species was 20 years ago.What scientific studies are available to demonstrate that the HF radar will not impact the preserve? Will it impact endangered mouse?  Will it impact turtles or eggs? Has there been a study on turtle nesting numbers and success before an after installation?  In one study, all (7) of the named species of sea turtles have poor auditory hearing. How would the frequency through the sand affect hatchlings?  DISTURBANCE TO PRESERVERadar system is 1000 linear feet and requires extensive area to be disturbed which includes dense plantings as they trench to 12 inches for the cables needed. The area of the transmitter antenae is in area of dense plants as is the trailer.  Dr. Lazanus said the disturbance is "pretty minimal" only digging and trenching 6" - while the documents indicate 12".  How do you get through palms or bush without removing the entire plant to dig a trench?  Removing vegetation is a concern as there are endangered plant species on the preserve including the south area - the preserve management agreement protects the plants.  Some areas, such as the transmit antennae location identified for installation is in very dense vegetation as well as the proposed trailer location.  Photos are available.SITE PLAN DOESN'T WORK WITH SEA GRAPES TO EDGE OF DUNEHaving looked at the site, the plan doesn't appear to work because of sea grapes to the dune edge in the north part of the radar poles. Dr. Lazarus also said in council meeting that the reason it was not put at PAFB was because the sea grapes are protected. So without damaging and removing sea grapes at Hightower there doesn't appear to be enough linear footage for the 1000 foot project without altering the sea grapes. Had FIT taken the time to research and understand the “Oceanside Wildlife and Habitat Preserve” they would not have suggested the area north of parking lot in response to comments on social media. Putting the radar poles in the north section of the preserve would be worse since this is the highest valued portion of the preserve environmentally as pristine and several endangered plant species. 

Sandra Sullivan
303 supporters
Update posted 5 hours ago

Petition to ncrenshaw@sc.younglife.org , sthompson@sc.younglife.org , kchaffin@sc.younglife.org , psherrill@sc.younglife.org , Dawn Buckingham, Andrew Murr

Tell Young Life to Halt Plans to Discharge Wastewater into One of Texas' Last Pure Rivers

Your help is needed to prevent this from happening to the ultra-pure, clear, waters of the Sabinal River near Lost Maples State Natural Area in the Texas Hill Country.  Join us in asking Young Life to stop plans that would allow discharge of treated wastewater into the pristine waters of the river. Young Life is putting this Texas treasure in jeopardy.   Young Life is proposing the construction of a wastewater treatment plant at their new camp in Vanderpool, TX and they are seeking permission from the State to release up to 60,000 gallons of treated wastewater per day into local creeks that flow to the Sabinal River.  This precedent-setting Permit Application would pave the way for others to seek the same type of permits and further damage this ecologically sensitive area.  We propose that Young Life seek a safe and proven alternative such as a no-discharge plan. Colorado-based Young Life is opening a new camp in Texas and has applied with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for a Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit that if granted, would set a dangerously bad precedent.  It would be the first wastewater discharge permit EVER in the Upper Nueces River Basin which includes the Frio, Nueces and Sabinal Rivers, along with many small creeks and streams.   If we don’t stop this plan now it will pave the way for others to secure similar permits putting this sensitive area at greater risk.  Thousands of recreational tourists and nature enthusiasts from around the world come to the area each year to enjoy the Sabinal River.  Many small businesses in the area are dependent on visitors coming to the area to enjoy the river.  These visitors spend money on lodging, supplies, dining, outdoor activities and purchases at other local retail establishments.  Protecting the river ensures the livelihoods of those who call this area home.    Releasing wastewater, even treated to the highest levels, does not match the purity of the river.  Wastewater treated with the latest technology --- to ‘drinking water” standards--- would still introduce harmful nutrients into the river that would cause the water to become cloudy and promote algae blooms (like in the image above of the San Gabriel River. Source: www.nodumpingsewage.org) that would clog the river, make it unsightly, un-swimmable and cause harm to wildlife, fish and birds. This environmentally sensitive area is comprised of a complex network of underground springs, streams and waterways that feed the critical Edwards Aquifer.  If this precedent-setting permit application is allowed to move forward, it’s expected many others will follow. Please reach out and ask Young Life to change from setting a horribly bad precedent to setting a good one.  There’s an opportunity here for Young Life to change their plans to a no-discharge approach such as a Texas Land Application Permit.  This proven method is successfully used by State Parks in the area along with other commercial and private landowners to responsibly handle wastewater using it for irrigation. This method also helps to reduce the vulnerability of area water wells during times of drought.  Young Life is a valued organization with a Christian mission that provides meaningful and life-changing programs for young people around the world.   We support this mission—but we do not support Young Life’s attempt to manage wastewater in a destructive way. One of Young Life’s guiding values is “Observing the highest standards of stewardship of all of the resources placed in our trust.”   We agree with this and are committed to work together to protect the beautiful land and water God has entrusted to us.    Please sign our petition to send this message to Young Life to change their plans. More information about how you can get involved is available at www.banderacanyonlandsalliance.org; Facebook at Sabinal Canyon Coalition; or Instagram:  SabinalCanyonCoalition.   Help us spread the word— share this with anyone you know who loves the Texas Hill Country or would want to be aware of this risk to one of our natural treasures.   Quick action is needed by you to save this precious Texas river for the enjoyment of future generations.   Help us “Save Our Sabinal." Here’s how you can help:1.)   Sign this Change.org petition and share with everyone you know. 2.)   Specifically, if you know people who are active with Young Life, Alumni or Donors make sure they know about this issue.   Let’s all ask Young Life leadership to live their values and do the right thing.3.)   Learn more about how discharge of treated wastewater poses a huge threat to Texas rivers.4.)   If you’re able, donate to help us in our efforts to protect this Texas river.   You can gain more information at the website above, or can mail a donation to Bandera Canyonlands Alliance, P.O. Box 164, Vanderpool, TX  78885 Bandera Canyonlands Alliance

Bandera Canyonlands Alliance
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