Tell the National Park Service to Follow the Law!
Dynegy's Riverbank Project Fails to Comply with the
Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
The National Park Service (NPS) can stop Dynegy's massive riverbank project by following requirements of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968.
Click to download talking points. Then, use the form to the right to send the NPS a letter, and tell them to follow the law!
Dynegy, recently submitted a permit application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for approval to install over a third of a mile of rip rap along bank of the Middle Fork, immediately upstream from Kickapoo State Park. This massive project is the first step in Dynegy’s plan to cover and permanently leave 3.3 million cubic yards of toxic coal in unlined, leaking pits along the river. River advocates believe that Dynegy should move their ash to an upland, properly lined facility. By doing so, only short-term, interim and targeted bank reinforcement would be necessary to protect the river from the coal ash.
Because the Middle Fork is a designated National Scenic River, Dynegy’s proposal must receive approval from the National Park Service (NPS). The NPS, along with the the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) as the state administrator, are bound by Sections 7(a) and 10(a) of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to protect and enhance the river’s free-flowing condition, water quality, and outstanding remarkable values (ORV) for which the river gained its designation. These values include scenic, recreational, ecological, geologic and historic resources.
Send a letter to the National Park Service and Illinois DNR, using the form to the right. Tell the NPS to follow the law!
Click here for talking points to help personalize your letter so that it has the greatest impact.