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  • On Watch for America's Waters - Water Protection Network
    habitat for fish and wildlife form natural buffers that protect communities from storms and floods and support vibrant economies To protect these vital resources the Water Protection Network works to ensure that America s water policies and projects are environmentally and economically sound The Network provides a strong and unified voice for progressive federal water policies at the national level and increases the capacity of our members to protect rivers

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  • About Us – Water Protection Network
    new era of stewardship for our rivers wetlands and coasts through collaborative advocacy across the country Protecting the nation s waters for people and wildlife Restoring healthy ecosystems so people and wildlife can thrive in the face of climate change Statement of Principles and Operating Procedures The Network advocates for changes to America s water resources policies and practices The Network seeks to assist and support member organizations in understanding and dealing with water resources policies projects and permits The Network provides technical support and timely information to assist members in participating in federal state and local policy decision making Read our Principles and Operating Procedures Read our Five Year Strategic Plan Leadership Steering Committee Policy Committee Managing Staff Olivia Dorothy American Rivers Rock Island IL Steve Ellis Taxpayers for Common Sense Washington DC Willie Fontenot Delta Chapter Sierra Club Baton Rouge LA Peter Nichols Waterkeeper Alliance Humboldt County CA Maya van Rossum Delaware Riverkeeper Network Bristol PA Melissa Samet National Wildlife Federation San Anselmo CA Eileen Shader American Rivers Washington DC Brad Walker Missouri Coalition for the Environment St Louis MO Please check back soon for more information Marisa Escudero Water Protection Network Manager Water Resources Manager National Wildlife

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  • Success Stories – Water Protection Network
    laws and policies that guide the planning of federal water projects Our successes include Yazoo Pumps Veto In one of the greatest water related conservation victories of our time The Network and its member groups led successful efforts to obtain a Clean Water Act veto of the devastating Yazoo Backwater Pumping Plant EPA s August 2008 veto has protected more than 200 000 acres of ecologically significant wetlands an area larger than all 5 boroughs of New York City in the heart of the Mississippi River flyway The Network led local and national outreach efforts critical to this victory providing crucial support to the extensive advocacy work carried out by numerous Network members on this project Critical Reforms to Corps of Engineers Planning The Network and its member groups were instrumental in obtaining significant reforms to the Corps of Engineers planning requirements in the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 Key reforms include mandatory independent peer review for costly or controversial Corps project studies strict and extensive mitigation requirements for Corps civil works projects and a new water resources planning policy that requires all water resources projects to protect and restore the environment WRDA 2007 also directed development of a new set of planning principles and guidelines the fundamental guide to the way the Corps plans and selects projects New Planning Guidelines that Protect the Environment The Network and its member groups led successful efforts to ensure that the new Water Resources Planning Principles Requirements and Guidelines PR G focus on protecting the environment The PR G require planners to recognize the importance of healthy and resilient ecosystems protecting and restoring floodplains analyzing and accounting for climate change and utilizing environmentally protective nonstructural solutions The PR G apply to both new projects and project operations and for the first time

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  • Annual Meeting – Water Protection Network
    services to improve project planning The meeting will offer a technical training on using the law to improve mitigation for water projects and permits Attendees will also meet with their Members of Congress and agency officials and have opportunities to network with their peers Read this year s agenda While we no longer have complementary rooms available you can still attend Please email Marisa Escudero directly for more information escuderom nwf org Past Meetings Water Protection Network 2012 Membership Meeting The Network held its 2012 membership meeting in St Louis Missouri More than 100 members scientists policy makers and natural resource managers came together to learn lessons from the record breaking Mississippi River floods of 2011 and identify ways to work with nature to protect communities Download Agenda Corps Reform Network 2010 Membership Meeting The Corps Reform Network now the Water Protection Network held its 2010 Membership Meeting in Washington DC Eighty Network members and partners joined with scientists economists and high level Obama Administration officials to identify opportunities for improving floodplain management and meeting the challenges of climate change The meeting featured one on one trainings a cruise on the Potomac River and member presentations to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works and top ranking officials from the White House Council on Environmental Quality Download Agenda Corps Reform Network 2007 Membership Meeting The Corps Reform Network held its 2007 Membership Meeting in New Orleans Louisiana Fifty Network members and local activists joined with community leaders scientists and Corps of Engineers staff to identify and advance opportunities for protecting communities by reforming the Corps of Engineers The meeting included a press conference releasing a report on why the Corps of Engineers proposal to widen the Industrial Lock and Canal was a misplaced priority and a hazard to

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  • 2015 WPNetwork Annual Meeting – Water Protection Network
    planning before disaster strikes improving the science that guides federal water resources decisions using ecosystem services to improve project planning opportunities for building partnerships to promote nature and nature based solutions and improving management of existing water projects to protect people and wildlife The Network also provided technical training on mitigation requirements and on using state constitutional provisions to improve environmental protections Network members met with their Members of Congress to call for appropriations bills free from bad policy riders including riders prohibiting the Corps use of new planning guidelines and blocking implementation of the Clean Water Rule Review Full Agenda View Photos from the Meeting Member Organizations that Attended 2015 WPNetwork Annual Meeting Alabama Rivers Alliance American Rivers Apalachicola Riverkeeper Arkansas Wildlife Federation Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Inc Citizens Against the Widening of the Industrial Canal Columbia River Crab Fisherman s Assoc Conservation Federation of Missouri Cry of the Water Delaware Riverkeeper Network Delta Chapter Sierra Club Louisiana Audubon Council Florida Wildlife Federation Friends of Penobscot Bay Friends of the Rivers of Virginia Great Rivers Environmental Law Center Guardamar Gulf Restoration Network Idaho Rivers United Mississippi River Network Missouri Coalition for the Environment Missouri University National Audubon Nebraska Wildlife Federation New River Conservancy Northeast Midwest Institute Natural Resources Defense Council The National Wildlife Federation Prairie Rivers Network RESTORE Campaign Save the River Taxpayers for Common Sense Virgin Islands Conservation Society Water Alliance Links to Presentations from our Expert Speakers Re Imagining Lower Mississippi River Management David Muth National Wildlife Federation Clean Water Act Mitigation Jan Goldman Carter National Wildlife Federation Clean Water Act Mitigation Jan Goldman Carter National Wildlife Federation Using Natural Approaches Post Disaster Eileen Shader American Rivers Apalachicola Riverkeeper Saving an American Treasure Dan Tonsmeire Apalachicola Riverkeepers Communicating Ecosystem Services Using Collaborative Learning and Mental Modeals Christine Feurt Ph

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  • Policy Priorities – Water Protection Network
    project studies and full mitigation for the adverse impacts of Corps projects based on detailed mitigation plans WRDA 2007 also requires that all federal water projects protect and restore the environment The Network works to ensure effective implementation of these important reforms Institute regular reassessment of operations for existing projects Many federal water projects are operated in a manner that causes extensive and avoidable harm to the environment wildlife public safety and the economy The Network works to require the Corps of Engineers to regularly reevaluate and update the operation of its projects and decommission those projects that are no longer in the public interest Prioritize projects and abandon outdated legacy projects Legacy projects federal water projects authorized decades ago yet never constructed remain major threats to the environment and compete for limited federal resources The Network works to establish a process to prioritize new projects and deauthorize destructive legacy projects that fail to meet modern planning requirements Steer more federal resources towards ecosystem restoration Federal investments should prioritize protecting and restoring our rivers wetlands and coasts over constructing large structural water projects that harm the environment The Network works to assist our members in steering more federal resources towards restoration Support efforts to strengthen the Clean Water Act Many Network members are working to strengthen the Clean Water Act Section 404 regulatory program which imposes restrictions and permit requirements on development and other activities that affect the nation s rivers streams and wetlands The Network works to help our members engage in these important efforts WPNetwork Sign On Letters The Network and member groups actively participate in policy reform by providing public comments and submitting letters to members of Congress to advocate for environmentally and economically sound water policies Click below to view past Sign On Letters WPNetwork Sign

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  • Projects – Water Protection Network
    of Engineers mismanagement of the ACF System has starved the Apalachicola of the freshwater flows needed to sustain a healthy and vibrant river floodplain and bay Florida s Deputy Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection recently told Congress that the ecosystem and indeed the very way of life for generations of Floridians will be devastated if we do not restore historic flow patterns to the Apalachicola River In 2005 Network members successfully stopped navigation dredging on the Apalachicola River We are now working to ensure that the Apalachicola River and Bay will receive the freshwater flows they need to support restore and reestablish a thriving ecosystem healthy populations of fish and wildlife and a vibrant resource based economy Legislation has been introduced to require the Corps to send freshwater flows to the Apalachicola River National Wildlife Federation letter calling for freshwater flows legislation Read more information Member Projects in the Field NORTHEAST SOUTH MIDWEST WEST Delaware Delaware River Deepening Despite extensive opposition from the Delaware Riverkeeper Network Delaware Nature Society and other local and national groups including litigation the Corps is deepening over 100 miles of the Delaware River from 40 to 45 feet The project will cause significant harm including resuspending heavy metals pesticides and other toxins in the River letting saltwater move higher up into the river and threatening the largest population of horseshoe crabs in the world and the migratory birds that rely on them A 2002 GAO report concluded that the Corps economic findings for this project were based on miscalculations invalid assumptions and outdated information For more information visit www delawareriverkeeper org New York Montauk Point Lighthouse Revetment The Corps of Engineers has proposed spending 18 million to attempt to protect the Montauk Point Lighthouse by armoring the beach front with extensive stone revetment This would be the 6 th major attempt at preventing natural beach erosion since 1946 The Corps proposal would stop the natural beach erosion that supplies sand to all of Long Island s ocean beaches Relocating the lighthouse further from the ocean shore would save money in the long run and provide a lasting solution that does not inhibit natural beach formation Renewed interest and increased funding in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy threaten to move this destructive project forward Details on the Corps Plan For Montauk It s Lighthouse vs Surf s Up New York Times 11 14 06 For more information please contact Chris Manthey at Environmental Background Information Center Alabama Defeating the Duck River Dam Again Alabama Rivers Alliance ARA sued the Corps on Sept 5 2007 to stop the construction of a dam on Alabama s Duck River The Corps issued section 404 permit that ARA is challenging is a re issuance of a flawed 2000 corps issued permit that a federal district judge vacated based on the proposed dam s cumulative impacts on water quality and downstream flows Preventing the Duck River Dam Website Resources Alabama Rivers Alliance Arkansas Grand Prairie Irrigation Demonstration Project At 420 million this Corps of Engineers irrigation demonstration project would draw water from the White River lowering water levels and damaging the White River and Cache River National Wildlife Refuges providing irrigation to a small number of heavily subsidized rice farmers at a taxpayer cost of over 480 000 per farm Irrigation has never before been a primary purpose of Corps of Engineers projects Arkansas Wildlife Federation s Grand Prairie Website For more information please contact David Carruth Arkansas Wildlife Federation Florida Restoring Freshwater Flows to the Apalachicola River The Corps of Engineers mismanagement of the Apalachicola Chattahoochee Flint ACF system of federal dams and reservoirs is keeping vital freshwater flows from reaching the Apalachicola River and Bay Florida s Deputy Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection recently told Congress that the ecosystem and indeed the very way of life for generations of Floridians will be devastated if we do not restore historic flow patterns to the Apalachicola River Network members are working to require the Corps to manage the ACF so that the Apalachicola River and Bay will receive the freshwater flows they need to support a thriving ecosystem healthy populations of fish and wildlife and a vibrant resource based economy Legislation has been introduced to require the Corps to send freshwater flows to the Apalachicola River National Wildlife Federation letter calling for freshwater flows legislation Read more information Georgia Savannah Harbor Expansion Project The Corps is deepening a 16 mile section of the shipping channel in the Savannah Harbor from its current 42 foot depth down to 47 feet This 706 million project will reduce the remaining tidal freshwater marsh in the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge System by 50 percent lower dissolved oxygen levels and jeopardize the population of federally endangered shortnose sturgeon While aggressive efforts to stop the deepening were unsuccessful conservation organizations represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center obtained important mitigation requirements that will help reduce the project s long term impacts These include new wetlands mitigation land preservation and other measures funded by 33 5 million from the Georgia Ports Authority Press Release May 29 2013 For more information please contact Chris DeScherer with the Southern Environmental Law Center Louisiana Industrial Canal Lock Expansion Despite overwhelming community opposition and the critical need to focus federal funding on restoring Louisiana s coastal wetlands the Corps has resurrected planning for expanding the Industrial Canal The courts rejected both the Corps 1998 and 2009 environmental impact statements on this project and in 2012 the Port of New Orleans announced that it would no longer act as the project s local sponsor Resurrecting this study is a prime example of the Corps often misplaced priorities and its failure to listen to communities affected by its actions Network members continue their fight to stop this project National Wildlife Federation Scoping Comments on the Industrial Canal Lock Expansion Corps moving forward with industrial canal expansion project on its own Price for new lock swells to 1 3 billion corps

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  • Resources – Water Protection Network
    and Information Sample Comments Reports Member Organizations Get Involved Blog Resources The following resources are provided to assist members in improving federal water projects and wetland permits The Network encourages members to submit additional materials for inclusion on this site Citizen s Guide Corps Regulations Guidance and Information Sample Comments Reports About WPN The Water Protection Network is a coalition of more than 240 national regional and local organizations working

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