Make sure the final Federal drought response bill works for birds

 mercednwr_linda_tanner.jpgWe need your help today to ensure that the final version of federal drought response legislation doesn’t do more harm than good to birds and nature in California’s Central Valley.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein recently passed her version of drought relief legislation through the U.S. Senate. While her bill attempts to strike a balance among all the Central Valley water interests, legislation passed by the House of Representatives earlier in the year would do irreparable harm to the millions of birds that rely on Central Valley habitats to survive. Supporters of this bill have called for suspending Endangered Species Act protections, halting the San Joaquin River restoration, and diverting water from the 19 Central Valley refuges.

As Sen. Feinstein and Sen. Barbara Boxer go into conference with supporters of the House legislation to negotiate a joint drought bill, we need you to let them know that you want them to stand firm on these vital protections for birds in the Central Valley.

Birds are already suffering greatly from the drought. They cannot take another hit.


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Fight for birds in final Fed drought bill

Dear [Decision Maker],

California birds and natural places are very important to me, and so I urge you to take a strong position in support of critical environmental protections during upcoming negotiations with leaders from the House of Representatives regarding drought relief legislation. The Senate version of drought legislation (SB 2198) strikes a balance between vital relief for communities and environmental concerns, while the House version would compromise these protections in exchange for little, if any, real gain.

Again, I ask you to reaffirm your commitment to the state's most vital environmental protections as you negotiate the final version of important drought relief legislation.

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