Make sure the
final Federal drought response bill works for birds
We 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.
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.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]