Magazine article International Wildlife

NWF, Affiliates Score Victories in 'Greening the Corps' Campaign

Magazine article International Wildlife

NWF, Affiliates Score Victories in 'Greening the Corps' Campaign

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In ongoing NWF effort, the "Greening the Corps" campaign, whose aim is to halt the most damaging and wasteful U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' water projects, has begun to pay off in both important victories and potential for future reforms.

In recent developments:

* NWF and one of its affiliates, the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, were instrumental in derailing a measure in Congress that would have paved the way for construction to begin on two jetties at Oregon Inlet on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

Ranked among the 10 worst Corps projects in Troubled Waters, a report produced by NWF and Taxpayers for Common Sense, the two mile-long jetties would cost taxpayers $108 million to create a permanent boat channel now maintained by periodic dredging. According to scientists, the structures would increase erosion of the barrier island and impact aquatic life by altering currents and salinity and encouraging overfishing.

* NWF and one of its affiliates, the Arkansas Wildlife Federation, along with other conservationists, have successfully pressured Congress to propose a funding cut for the harmful aspects of another of the most wasteful projects in the Troubled Waters report, the Eastern Arkansas irrigation project. …

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