Stop Poisoning the Platte River With Industrial Toxins

Target: Jim Macy, Director of the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy

Goal: Improve water quality in the Platte River.

The Platte River, a vital waterway running through the heart of Nebraska, is suffering from deteriorating water quality. This decline is due to a myriad of factors, including agricultural runoff, industrial waste, and inadequate sewage treatment. The situation is dire and calls for immediate intervention.

The river serves multiple purposes: it’s a habitat for diverse wildlife, a source of drinking water, and a recreational space. Its degradation poses a serious threat to both human health and ecological balance. Moreover, the river holds historical and cultural significance, making its preservation even more crucial.

The economic implications are also severe. The river supports various industries, including agriculture and tourism. Its continued degradation could lead to job losses, economic downturn, and a decline in the quality of life for local communities.

Sign the petition below to demand that the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy take swift and comprehensive action to improve the water quality of the Platte River. Key initiatives should encompass stringent pollution controls, enhanced waste management systems, and community engagement in river conservation efforts.


Dear Director Macy,

The Platte River, a cornerstone of Nebraska’s natural landscape, is at a tipping point. Its water quality is in decline, impacted by a range of pollutants from agricultural and industrial sources. The data is alarming: increased levels of harmful chemicals, a decline in fish populations, and heightened risks to public health.

We urge you to move beyond mere discussions and take decisive action. A well-rounded, actionable plan is needed to tackle the pollution affecting the Platte River. This should include not only rigorous controls on pollutants but also community-based initiatives that encourage responsible use and conservation of this vital waterway.

Ignoring the current state of the Platte River will have far-reaching consequences. The river is more than just a geographical feature; it’s an integral part of Nebraska’s identity, economy, and natural heritage.

We call upon you to act with the urgency that this critical situation demands. Implement measures that will not only improve the current state of the Platte River but also ensure its long-term health and sustainability.


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