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Urgent Help Needed: http://www.delawareriverkeeper.org/act-now/urgent-details.aspx?Id=100

"Don’t Deepen the Delaware-Write the President Today!"

Don’t Deepen the Delaware
Not Good for the River, Loser for the Taxpayer, Not needed for the Ports

We Need Your Letters Today To Stop the President and Congress From Bypassing the Earmark Prohibition
so they can throw hundreds of millions at this boondoggle.


January, 2012, a new expert Report Documenting that deepening is an economic loser for the taxpayer and not needed for the ports was releasedby the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Taxpayers for Common Sense and the Water Protection Network. This new economic information adds to the wealth of documentation showing the many environmental and river harms deepening would inflict.


Pennsylvania Politicians, and now some from Delaware, are trying to finagle new funding for this bad project in a new effort to circumvent the prohibition on earmarks in Congress.



  • Don’t let the Army Corps get away with their misrepresentations of facts;
  • Don’t let politically motivated politicians waste our precious tax dollars;
  • Don’t let deepening take jobs from those that rely upon the River and its bounty for their livelihoods

Write your Letter to the President and Congress today!
To learn more about the reports and review a copy click here.

Feel free to edit the letter as you see fit and then mark to send it into our offices, we will then be sure it gets to the President and all of the appropriate elected officials that need to see it.
 

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maria-rodale/tell-president-obama-brdo_b_1267738.html?ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false#sb=2785839,b=facebook... For more than 20 years, my organization, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, and I have been challenging the Army Corps of Engineers' proposal to deepen the Delaware River's main channel by 5 feet for 102 miles, from Philadelphia to the Ocean. And in the next few days, President Obama is going to decide whether or not to spend our tax dollars on this project by including it in his 2013 presidential budget. But, deepening the Delaware River could devastate communities that depend on this fragile ecosystem for jobs; it would destroy the habitat for countless populations of fish, shellfish, and migratory birds; and it will damage the wetlands that for years have provided safety from catastrophic storms.
We have found ourselves, a nonprofit organization, representing the citizens, fisher folk, boaters, birders, and river communities and facing off against the mammoth agency that is the Army Corps of Engineers, along with big corporations who favor the project.
For years the Delaware River deepening project has been kept alive with funding through the congressional earmark process, with a few Pennsylvania politicians keeping it on the taxpayer infusion line. Since last year's ban on congressional earmarks will cut off the corporate welfare fund for this project, these very same politicians have lobbied for creation of a "slush" fund that can be used to fund congressional pet projects such as this one, and they are also trying to twist the arm of President Obama with direct lobbying and heavy-handed messaging to force him to fund the project through his presidential budget.
Since President Obama has made jobs and community health a political priority, he should soundly reject the Delaware River deepening. Here are a few reasons why:


  • Deepening jeopardizes jobs. The jobs that depend upon a healthy and clean Delaware River would be threatened if the Army Corps has its way. Jobs in the oyster industry, for example, would be disrupted, and these jobs generate 80 million dollars of income and economic return every year. That's income for everyday Americans who use that hard-earned money to support their families and their communities.
  • Deepening damages the wetlands. Wetlands help protect communities from storm damage, and deepening the Delaware will cause the river to erode away these amazing natural areas.
  • Deepening threatens wildlife. Horseshoe crabs from the Delaware River provide an essential national function: their blood (drawn non-lethally) contains a substance needed to test vaccines used across the country to make sure they are free of contamination. Horseshoe crab spawning success is also critical for successful migration of many species of birds, including four already on the path to extinction. The migratory bird and horseshoe crab phenomenon generates $34 million annually from eco-tourism in the region.
  • Deepening destroys the health of the river. Dredging the bottom of the river and disposing of these contaminated "spoils" on land will cause the reintroduction of toxins and heavy metals long held captive in sediments on the river floor.

In these and other ways, deepening the Delaware violates our obligation as good stewards of the earth, and threatens the health of our communities. Congress' independent investigative arm, the Government Accountability Office, has challenged claims that deepening will benefit businesses in the area, and even the Army Corps has said it will not bring increased goods up the river. Army Corps documents confirm that the ports of the region can be equally served at the current 40-foot depth, and likely for less cost. Deepening, however, will cost taxpayers $277 million, and according to a nationally recognized expert, will likely lose taxpayer money. For all of these reasons, President Obama should not provide any funding to deepen the Delaware River. His decision as to whether or not to do so is being made within the next few daysas he prepares to release his proposed presidential budget. It is critial that he decide to keep the Delaware River deepening out of his proposed budget.So please, take a moment to let the president know that deepening the Delaware is not how you want your tax dollars spent.
Sign our letter to the president today to say, "No funding for the Delaware River Deepening--it hurts the environment, it hurts people, and it hurts jobs."And share this link with as many people as you can. Our voices, together, can make a difference.
 

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Drill baby drill. Deepen baby deepen. As we speak the panama canal is widening to allow bigger ships to come through. These bigger ships need the Delaware river to be deepened to get up them. I am all for it.

As a striper fisherman I worry about mixing up the mud and killing off species. That was 80 years ago when the were dropping buckets down to remove dirt. They now have vacuums down there to suck all that crap up.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/17/science/17canal.html?pagewanted=all
 

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I lived on the Delaware River most of my life ,Fishing ,Hunting Ducks and trapping.I remember well the dead zone from the Salem river to just above Phila Pa.
The river has cleaned up 100% since those days and dredgeing has continued thru out these years, The clean up was the result of better management of the petro chemical and energy industry and there discharge of waste products, Granted there have been Big oil spills thru out this time however the clean up has been greatly improved over the years and the results are evident by the wildlife and plant groth along the river.
If we are to compete with other industrial area's the river has to support shipping and with the current economy the one thing we do not need is to stifile progress that will cause further decline in jobs that support the people who live in the area.
We just had another refinery close resulting in another 2000 jobs lost to the area !
The decision is simple , do we stop dredging the river and cause shipping to go elceware and further cause industry to close resulting in more job loss and a continued down fall of the economic scene ,or do we allow well regulated progress to continue?
I do not have a nickel invested in this thru employment or investment, I just care more about the life's blood of the area,it's economy and this country.
Every one has an opinion,No Nuke plant,No hydro electric plants ,No wind turbines, God forbid don't burn coal! and Stop the LPG terminal,A terror group might attack a gas ship!
Where does it end ,at the rate we are going we will end up a third world nation dependent on others for everything.
The Keystone oil line project is a prime example of :Hope and Change!!!
 

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so suck up contaminated mud .pimp on barge and dump on nj soil, than wait for rain and runoff to enter back into the river and polloting all over again,where it will then settle back down to bottom closer to the bay where oysrers and every single living thin lives. sounds about rite dont it. wanna make more jobs. anchor and let smaller boats come out to offload and bring up river.
 

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There is a lot of nasty stuff that settled down in that river mud years ago. Unless we know how it will turn out, do we really want to open that can of worms? :confused:
 

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What does not make sense to me is the argument saying we should just leave toxins alone that sit in the mud of the river. Get that crap out of here. If we know its there why leave it alone. Its like saying I have cancer and i am going to leave it there. There are murderers in the population. Lets leave them there. No point sturring them up..

To each his own.
 

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Protect the River...

its been abused, now it needs that extra effort...I feel you guys all made great points here...Thanks Much!:bow:
 

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Write your congressman and tell them to DEEPEN without any further BS and delay!
This has been many many years of wasted $$$ and lost jobs and commerce.
 
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