Date: 8/1/17 12:12 pm
From: Alex Delehanty via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Fwd: Update on Santa Ana NWR → Take Action!


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> From: "Desiree Sorenson-Groves, Refuge Association" <nwra...>
> Date: August 1, 2017 at 2:56:18 PM EDT
> To: <alexdelehanty...>
> Subject: Update on Santa Ana NWR → Take Action!
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> Dear Alex,
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> It’s Take Action Tuesday! Today we want to give you an update on the latest developments with Santa Ana NWR and encourage you to tell your lawmakers to oppose construction of a border wall through the refuge.
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> Two weeks ago, we learned that the Administration had been working in secret for months on preparations to construct a border wall through Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in South Texas. Since then, we’ve learned a bit more about the proposed wall:
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> Wall construction could begin as early as this November with already appropriated funds that have been moved from other programs
> The Administration plans to waive standard environmental impact studies and bypass all environmental laws under the authority of the REAL ID Act of 2005
> The wall will be 18 feet tall and approximately three miles long
> Last week, the House passed a “Defense Minibus” that appropriated $1.6 billion for border wall construction in FY18; however, the fate of this bill is still largely uncertain in the Senate
> The planned route for the wall would cut off the Visitor Center from the refuge
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> If the wall were constructed as described it would eliminate migratory movements of mammals, which could include endangered ocelots and other wildlife leading to genetic inbreeding and eventually species extinction. The concrete levee wall could also result in increased flooding within the refuge, trapping and drowning wildlife that would be unable to escape.
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> Santa Ana NWR is an economic powerhouse that generates an estimated $462 million to the local economy and hosts 165,000 visitors each year. A border wall cutting off the Visitor Center from the rest refuge would discourage visitation – if the public were still even allowed to visit! As of now, we still don’t know how the wall would affect public access to the refuge.
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> Because the wall would disrupt the environmental integrity of one of the most biologically diverse areas in the U.S. and the National Wildlife Refuge System, the Refuge Association opposes the construction of the border wall through the refuge. We believe that the Administration needs to conduct a broader assessment for the best placement of infrastructure and border technology to serve its purpose.
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> Take action today to defend Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge!
> Take Action Today!
> Thank you for taking action to support the National Wildlife Refuge System!
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> Desiree Sorenson-Groves
> Vice President of Government Affairs
> National Wildlife Refuge Association
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