Target: US Army Corps of Engineers
Goal: Protect the Atchafalaya Basin from harmful building projects.
In Louisiana, the US Army Corps of Engineers has been failing to preserve the ecology of the Atchafalaya Basin. Several of its projects and loose laws have contributed to the extreme decline of wetlands. The US Army Corps of Engineers must seriously reconsider their strategies to protect the Atchafalaya Basin from being destroyed.
According to an article from Teche News, the US Army Corps of Engineers has been “merely paying lip service to its stated goal ‘to retain and restore the unique environmental features of the floodway,’ and a congressional mandate ‘to look beyond simple flood control and to develop a plan for the management and preservation of the water and related land resources of the Atchafalaya River Basin.'” The laws enforced by the Corps often do little to protect the natural swamps and wetlands, and this oversight has a highly negative effect on the ecosystem of the Atchafalaya Basin as a whole.
With the loss of swamps and wetlands, this delta shrinks significantly, leaving animals homeless and disintegrating the food chain. The Atchafalaya Basin’s greatest risks include logging, pollution, and the construction of illegal dams, as well as the construction of dams that were built prior to receiving a permit for building them, but were then allowed to remain intact. The latter example presents the greatest offense of the US Army Corps of Engineers; building permits are often issued very frivolously and the resulting dams are often ones that do more harm than good. The US Army Corps of Engineers needs to get their act together and work to preserve the Atchafalaya Basin instead of to destroy it.
Dear US Army Corps of Engineers,
Your behavior towards the preservation of the Atchafalaya Basin is not acceptable. This delta in Louisiana is an essential part of the Mississippi River ecosystem, and your practices and actions have been leading it to its demise. I urge you to carefully consider the consequences of your actions, and to think more completely about having more positive goals in the Atchafalaya Basin.
Without the natural swamps and wetlands in the Basin, the natural balance of the river gets completely thrown off. Not only are there consequences to the water and land, but there are countless animal habitats lost to the unnecessary dams being built. I insist that you be more selective about your permit allowances. Please work to preserve the Atchafalaya Basin, instead of to destroy it.
[Your Name Here]