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rivers

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Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to North Coast Water Board

Easter Lilies are Poisoning Salmon/People on Smith River: Boycott and Ask for Regulation

The Smith River in Northern California is the state’s wildest river, and it’s the only completely undammed watershed in the state. Salmon should be thriving in the Smith, however unregulated Easter lily farming is poisoning the Smith River estuary and harming protected salmon species. The pesticides are also causing health issues in the Smith River community, which has the highest rates of mortality due to heart disease, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory disease in the state. Smith River Easter lily bulbs are sold throughout the country as part of Easter celebrations. We ask that the public boycott non-organic Easter lilies until their chemical pollution is regulated. The Smith River estuary provides essential habitat for salmon. However, Smith River Estuary lily bulb famers apply an annual average of 300,000 pounds of highly toxic pesticides on some 1,000 acres of lily fields that drain directly into the Smith River estuary every year. This concentration of pesticide use is as high or higher than anywhere else in the state, and almost all of it occurs in along salmon streams. Water testing by the state has turned up 10 instances of contamination within the salmon food chain, and 17 pesticides in surface waters. Recently the domestic water supply for the town of Smith River turned up a chemical that has been banned in California. The Smith River estuary is a critically component of the California-Oregon salmon ecosystem. It is especially important due to its close proximity to the Klamath River, which is currently suffering from the worst salmon returns in recorded history. The Smith River lies at the heart of the federally recognized evolutionarily significant unit (ESU) for Southern Oregon-Northern California Coho salmon, an endangered species that biologists warn is headed for extinction. The Smith River is also the home of the Tolowa Tribe, which relies on it’s fisheries. Despite years of documented water quality violations and over 20 years of complaints of pollution of wells and surface water, estuary farmers face no regulation from the state agencies charged by the federal government to protect endangered species and clean water. For years, the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board has assured the public that an Agricultural Waiver is being drafted for the lily bulb farmers, and for 20 years Board officials have promised to take action to regulate the Smith River lily bulb farms. Yet no progress has been, made and the public was were recently told that these efforts have been put on the back burner indefinitely.    We are not asking for the end to lily bulb farming, only that the same common sense regulations that apply to the rest of the state apply to the Smith River. It is time that the water board regulates toxins, and protect salmon and human health in the Smith River estuary.   Photo: Town of Smith River outlined in yellow. Red dots depict Easter lily fields. Blue line is Rowdy Creek. Arrow points to Smith River Elementary School, which is virtually always downwind of pesticide spraying.      

Save California Salmon
1,034 supporters
Started 10 months ago

Petition to Shawn Osterbrink, Barb Ermeling, Village of Weston

Raising awareness and support for the Lower Eau Claire River Water Trail Master Plan.

The Friends of the Lower Eau Claire River is a non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of the river. Located in the Wausau, Wisconsin metro area, we invite you to experience all the Eau Claire River has to offer. These 'Friends' are sponsoring this petition.  Recently, the Village of Weston authored an idea, which was published as the Lower Eau Claire River Water Trail Master Plan. The Plan is available for download from the Village's website, located at www.westonwi.gov. This Master Plan calls on the City of Wausau, the City of Schofield, the Village of Weston, the Town of Weston, and the Town of Ringle, in partnership with Marathon County to build and maintain multiple public access points for canoe/kayak sport and recreation enthusiasts along the lower portions of the Eau Claire River. Nature lovers and fishing enthusiasts also are being targeted as a group benefiting from this project.  The Village of Weston has completed the first access point at the Ross Avenue bridge, and they are currently planning for a second site by the County Road J bridge.  It is hard to quantify and rally an approximate number of canoe and kayak enthusiasts here in central Wisconsin. If you are a canoer and/or kayaker, or if you just happen to love the public having increased accessibility to this natural resource, and you support the framework and call to action presented in the Master Plan, please sign this petition and indicate your support for these planning/construction efforts.   Questions? The Friends have established a local Facebook page and an online gathering space for neighbors who are interested in learning more about our efforts. You can learn more about these efforts at fb.me/EauClaireRiverFriends, or you can email the group at friendsofeauclaireriver@gmail.com.      

Daniel Guild
69 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to Thom Tillis, Mark Meadows, Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, Phil Roe, Richard Burr

Designate the Nolichucky as a National Wild and Scenic River

The Nolichucky River is one of the last major free-flowing rivers in the Southeast. From its origins high on the slopes of North Carolina's tallest peaks, the 'Noli' carves its way through one of the deepest river gorges in the Eastern US before joining the French Broad River in Tennessee. A 7.2 mile section of the Nolichucky Gorge between Poplar, NC and Unaka Springs, TN was recommended by the US Forest Service for protection under the Wild and Scenic River Act in 1994. Unfortunately, a bill has never been introduced to congress to finalize a Wild and Scenic River designation. The Noli is known for it's outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreation, geologic, and ecological values. It is home to several endangered or threatened species of animals and plants such as the Appalachian Elk-Toe Mussel and Virginia Spirea. The river is a major destination for whitewater enthusiasts who venture into the gorge to challenge themselves in the class II-IV rapids. It's also popular among anglers, hunters, and hikers. Thousands of visitors pass through the Noli Gorge every year with whitewater rafting companies and fishing guide services. This tourism generates great economic benefits for the local economies.  The Nolichucky Gorge stretches through parts of Mitchell and Yancey Counties in North Carolina, as well as Unicoi County in Tennessee.There is a rich human history in the area, yet the gorge remains largely untouched by development with the exception of a CSX rail line that parallels the river. In the last year, traffic on the line has dramatically decreased and will likely continue to do so in the future. While there have been problems with water quality in the Nolichucky in the past, it is improving as upstream communities become more aware of the effects of pollution and sedimentation on downstream resources.  Designation of the Nolichucky as a Wild and Scenic River will invigorate the local economies through increased tourism while giving permanent protection to this unique resource and ensuring it's enjoyment for future generations. Realizing the dream of a Wild and Scenic Nolichucky River will take widespread community engagement and support from our elected officials. As the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act approaches in 2018, there is no better time than for building a movement around the Nolichucky Gorge. Let's get a bill passed through Congress. Please support the permanent protection of the Nolichucky River Gorge as a National Wild and Scenic River.  https://www.facebook.com/nolichuckyriver/

Curtis England
20,479 supporters