The markup on Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s bill to do an end-run around the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act in order to build her
across the Boondoggle
Bridge St. Croix
River is Wednesday, October 5, in the House Natural Resources
Bachmann’s bill, H.R. 850, is one of about 20 bills the committee is expected to deal with at Wednesday’s meeting, which begins at . It will be streaming live online at the committee’s website.
Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar has introduced a Senate version of Bachmann's bill, S.1134, that was heard in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks July 28.
You can use this form to send the committee your comments on Bachmann’s legislation. For some ideas on where else in
we could spend $360 million on bridge repair and replacement rather than this
Bridge to Nowhere, you can start with this recent report. To discuss the issue
of the precedent this bridge would set for other rivers protected under the
Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, check out this past article. For background on
one no-cost option the city of Minnesota
and Stillwater department of
transportation have so far ignored--reducing the frequency of the bridge's lift--read this. Jim Erkel of the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy gave an excellent presentation at a recent forum on the
proposed Minnesota bridge. You can
view it here. For details on a more sensible bridge proposal that costs hundreds of millions of dollars less and significantly less in environmental impact, go here. Stillwater
Please send your comments to members of the House Natural Resources Committee before Wednesday. Tell them this bridge is an environmental and economic disaster that will result in a horrible precedent for the development of other protected rivers nationwide. Tell them there are far more sensible bridge solutions to crossing a protected scenic riverway than with a $680 million, 65-mph freeway bridge just 6 miles from an existing eight-lane freeway bridge. Tell them this is the wrong bridge at the wrong time.