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Save the River for the Children

Water BabySarah Whited is among those who have protested against a reservoir proposed by the city of Newport News, Va. The reservoir would destroy more than 400 acres of forested wetlands, divert up to 75 million gallons of water per day from the Mattaponi River and harm the Mattaponi tribe of Native Americans, who, along with the Sierra Club, oppose the plan. On July 3, the Norfolk District of the Army Corps of Engineers issued its decision to deny a permit for King William Reservoir. Now the proposal moves to the North Atlantic Division of the Corps in New York City, where Brig. Gen. Stephen Rhoades will make the final decision after a 60-day public comment period. Virginia politicians and real estate developers are pressing hard to overturn the Corps recommendation.

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By the end of September, let the Corps know you oppose the reservoir by writing U.S. Army Engineer Division, North Atlantic, CENAD, General Lee Avenue, Fort Hamilton Military Community, Brooklyn, NY 11252-6000; fax (718) 765-7168. For more information, check out www.savethemattaponi.org.

Photo courtesy Joanne Fridley


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