Target: Vice President Joseph R. Biden
Goal: Protect Louisiana black bears and their wetland habitat
In Louisiana, black bears live in the wetlands surrounding the Mississippi River. Unfortunately, these beautiful habitats are being destroyed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Wetlands and flood planes typically protect inland areas and human populations from the worst effects of storms. By dramatically reducing wetlands, the Army Corps of Engineers will not only harm Louisiana’s black bear population, but it will also endanger the human environment. Urge Joseph Biden to lobby for the protection of this vulnerable habitat
The US Senate is considering plans that would allow the Corps to bypass environmental regulations when planning and implementing large-scale construction projects. Groups like the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund are now asking that senators pass a Water Resources Management Act that not only protects wetlands along the Mississippi, but also the black bears living within them. Activists hope congress removes stipulations in the present Water Resources Development Act that would allow the Army Corps of Engineers to build in protected wetlands without being subject to long-established environmental regulations.
Experts also note that destruction of housing near wetlands has been increasing in recent years due to more severe coastal storms and flooding, and more frequent droughts. People living adjacent to Mississippi River wetlands will find their homes damaged or destroyed by storms and floods that were once kept at bay by flood plane protection. Ask congress to pass a Water Resources Management Act that will protect Mississippi River wetlands, the black bears that live there, and the people of Louisiana.
Dear Mr. Vice President,
The senate will soon decide on a major initiative that would allow the US Army Corps of Engineers to bypass environmental regulations in order to complete construction projects in Louisiana wetlands. These wetlands, which sit adjacent to the Mississippi River, are home to a thriving black bear population.
Scientific evidence clearly shows that destroying wetlands and flood planes also harms the human environment. The United States has been subject to more frequent and more severe storm systems in recent history, especially along coastal plains. Wetlands traditionally protect human homes and developments, not to mention lives, from flooding and damage when major storms strike. As these ecosystems are destroyed to make way for construction projects, more American citizens are put at risk.
To destroy a black bear population, which is the pride of local Lousiana nature lovers, is an outright shame. I urge you to deny the US Army Corps of Engineers the right to develop protected wetlands without adhering to the same environmental regulations as every other organization.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Karen Abeyasekere, U.S. Air Force via Wikimedia