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Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Kinnickinnic River Corridor Planning Committee, City Council - City of River Falls, SEH , Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Restore the Kinnickinnic River through Dam Removal

Help the Friends of the Kinni restore the Kinnickinnic River through dam removal! The City of River Falls, Wisconsin has undertaken the “Kinnickinnic River Corridor Planning Process”. As a part of this process, the City Council is scheduled to decide on February 27th, 2018 whether or not to surrender the City’s Federal dam license for the River Falls Hydroelectric Project (FERC #10489). Surrender of the license allows for subsequent river restoration through dam removal. We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge the Kinnickinnic River Corridor Planning Committee and the City Council of the City of River Falls to act now to adopt a plan that calls for surrender of the FERC license for the River Falls Hydroelectric Project (FERC #10489). As a part of the Kinni Corridor Planning Process, we further request that the plan include timely decommissioning of the hydroelectric facilities, and the complete restoration of the Kinnickinnic River through removal of BOTH the Upper “Junction Falls” Dam & the Lower “Powell Falls” Dam from the Kinnickinnic River. The Kinnickinnic River in River Falls, Wisconsin is the pride and joy of our community. Our City's Comprehensive Plan states: "The Kinnickinnic River is perhaps the finest coldwater resource in the Upper Midwest, if not in the entire United States. Designated as an Outstanding Water Resource by the Wisconsin DNR, the Kinnickinnic River (also known as the 'Kinni') is one of just two Class I trout streams in Wisconsin that flow through a City of 10,000. This natural gem is truly unique and the center piece of our community which is located on the falls of the Kinnickinnic River." And yet today our waterfalls are no more. (Learn more here.)Today, a diversion dam sits at the site of the former "Junction Falls" waterfall of the Kinnickinnic River. The ledges of our former waterfall sit dry today below the dam because the water which would otherwise cascade over our "Junction Falls" waterfall is instead diverted through a 200' long, 6’ x 6’ tube called a penstock in the side of the cliff, completely de-watering the river.There is no greater damage that can be done to a river than to remove all of the water from its banks!Furthermore, a full mile of our otherwise pristine, cold-water, world class trout stream is currently destroyed and buried below the stagnant, tepid waters impounded behind the two remaining dams in town. The two 15 acre impoundments (mill ponds) are completely silted in and do not provide any recreational opportunities nor valuable fish habitat.  The destruction these dams inflict on our beloved Kinni produces a meager 1% - 2% of the electricity our community consumes, through the generation of hydroelectricity at the 375 kWh facility. The complete restoration of the Kinnickinnic River through dam removal is a unique opportunity to: Make exceptional use of this public waterway resource Re-create the "Junction Falls" waterfall in the heart of the River Falls community Restore a full mile of world class trout stream Improve the water quality of the Lower Kinni Increase opportunities for recreational and white-water kayaking Create additional urban open green space Improve storm water management And bolster the vitality of our Main Street Community. Please help us FREE THE KINNI and Put the FALLS Back in River Falls!! Visit us on Facebook to learn more.

Friends of the Kinni
1,417 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to South Dakota State Senate, South Dakota State House, South Dakota Governor

I stand with SPORTSMEN on Public Trust Water Access!

"Here is your country, Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or romance." -Theodore Roosevelt Please stand up and speak out with South Dakota sportsmen and recreational users for access to public water. Senate Bill 199 will be moving to the floor for debate. WE need YOU, whether you are a resident or non-resident to help us support SB-199 and preserve access to our public waters from being placed into the hands of a few. Please take a moment, to read the highlights of the bill and sign our petition to let the legistors of this state know we want our waters to remain in the hands of the public. Please take a moment, read the highlights of SB-199 and sign our petition letting our elected officials of this state know we want our public waters to remain in the hands of the public. Senate Bill199: - -Thank you from Non-Meandered Water Group in conjunction with Ice Fishing South Dakota, Open Water South Dakota and Hunting South Dakota I Support Senate Bill 199 Public Water Compromise I stand for: CONSISTENCY; Closed for one, Closed for All. I stand for: PROCESS; Due process for opening & closing all water access. I stand for: PRIVACY; Landowner deserve a 660ft privacy/no wake zone. I stand for: RECREATION; Beneficial use for everyone.   I am a fisherman for life. I will always be a fisherman. It's not something I do, it is who I am. Fishing is not an escape. It is where I belong, where I'm supposed to be. It is not a place, but a lifelong journey. It is a passage my father showed me, and I will show others. When you understand all this, you will know me, and we will fish together--Fisherman's Oath

I stand with SPORTSMEN on open public water and access!
3,351 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Fly Fishing Community

Let’s honor Lefty Kreh - World’s ambassador of fly fishing

Dear readers, If you you know who Lefty Kreh is, chances are you love fly fishing. If you clicked this link, chances are, Lefty has influenced you and if you were lucky enough to meet him in person, he may have even become your friend in just a few minutes.  That's the story repeated countless times by anglers and fly tiers around the world for decades. This man, by his infectious smile and charismatic charm, has opened the door wide open for us to learn, grow, share and collaborate through his teachings.  What this petition is about, is simply leaving a comment about he affected your life. You can also join in a Facebook page created for him by his granddaughter if you’re not on Facebook please sign the petition and leave a personal comment about what he’s done in your life. What we can do now, as he is reading your comments, is honor this mans legacy using the power of the network he created. My goal is that he can see with his own eyes the lives he’s touched. That’s all. That he may be with loved ones and read all these wonderful stories. If you’re in a fly fishing club or other institution and wish to be directly involved you can add that to your comments.  It would be a small thank you to his family that allowed him to pursue his passions devoting much of his time traveling to shows and clubs instead of being home. He talks about this and these difficulties in his articles and essays.  So, I’m asking you to do this, dont forget to SHARE this petition and please leave a personal note he will read them. I hope my intentions were communicated and you’ll join me in honoring a great man and his followers.

Eddie Oliveras
1,143 supporters