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River protection spreading in Oregon thanks to Senators Wyden and Merkley

Life is a river…enjoy ’em all!!
Sens. Wyden & Merkley

A very enouraging note from Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley:

The day has finally come! In 2019, Senator Wyden put out the call for Oregonians to nominate their favorite rivers and streams for consideration in a new river protection bill. You spoke up, and he listened! Today, the River Democracy Act of 2021 was introduced with Senator Jeff Merkley as cosponsor, and it’s easily the most important rivers bill Oregon has seen in at least a generation.

This legislation is great news for anyone who values clean drinking water, fish and wildlife, and public lands recreation!

The River Democracy Act of 2021 includes important protections for nearly 4,700 miles of rivers and streams, including sections of the upper Deschutes, Forks of the Clackamas and Illinois Rivers, the Grande Ronde, and many others. Wild and Scenic designation does more than just protect rivers against dams – it also has significant benefits for protecting wildlife habitat & migration corridors, and the forests alongside rivers which store vast amounts of carbon.

With all of that in mind, will you take 2 minutes to send Senators Wyden and Merkley a thank you message, or make a quick call?

If you live in Oregon, you can send them a message here. You can also leave a quick thank you message with their staff at:

Senator Ron Wyden’s office: (202) 224-5244

Senator Jeff Merkley’s office: (202) 224-3753

If you don’t live in Oregon, please still consider giving them a call or sending them a “thank you!” tweet at @RonWyden and @SenJeffMerkley!

I hope you’re celebrating today. I sure am!

For the wild,
Jamie Dawson
Oregon Wild

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