Topic

rivers

9 petitions

Started 3 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
33 supporters
Started 7 months 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
19,636 supporters