Take Action: Bad Hydropower Legislation Still in Play

posted June 6, 2016
by Thomas O'Keefe

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Many of you weighed in earlier this year on the Energy Bill and specifically some very troubling provisions concerning hydropower. Your actions made a difference but now that the House and Senate have both passed an Energy Bill, negotiations will soon get underway to determine what the final language will be. The fate of our rivers, and our ability to effectively advocate for the interests of whitewater paddlers, hangs in the balance.
Under the guise of "modernizing" hydropower and "reducing costs," the hydropower industry is working feverishly to get a free pass on environmental regulations that help us restore flows to rivers. If they are successful, it will damage our work to restore flows and enhance whitewater recreation downstream of hydropower projects.
You can help us today by telling Congress to oppose this effort by the hydropower industry to take us back in time. Over the past 30 years, we have demonstrated that we can keep our rivers flowing while still keeping the lights on. The hydropower industry does not need to roll back environmental regulations.
Use our Take Action tool to send a message to legislators:
We have customized the message depending on the role your member of Congress is expected to play in negotiating final language. You should feel free to add a personalized note about what rivers mean to you, particulary if you can speak to a local run you enjoy that has been restored through hydropower licensing.
Thomas O'Keefe
3537 NE 87th St.
Seattle, WA 98115
Phone: 425-417-9012