[mou] Rio Grande Valley needs help
two-jays at att.net
Thu Jun 14 11:10:47 CDT 2007
Begin forwarded message:
forward by Jim Williams, Wayzata, Minnesota, who looks upon this
particular part of the immigration debate as an environmental issue
important to anyone who ever has birded in the Rio Grande Valley.
From: "Nancy Millar" <nmillar at mcallencvb.com>
Date: June 14, 2007 9:00:58 AM CDT
This is a call for help. The U.S. government is actually serious about
building a wall along the Rio Grande in the Valley. For so long most
down here ignored the idea because it is so obviously ludicrous. It's
appalling to us that it's not only being taken seriously, but is
apparently about to be funded.
... how much has anyone thought about its effect on the environment?
are, famous for something positive in our country- being the most
location for the estimated 65 to 80 MILLION birders in the U.S. to
and the government is planning on building a fence, and clearing 150
feet of brush along the river to do so. Obviously the birds can fly
over the fence, but destroying their habitat along the river will make
area perhaps not hostile to them, but certainly a lot less friendly.
effects will be felt by all things migratory. And for those animals
can't fly, it will cut off their primary source of water.
speaking, this could start a downward spiral from which it could
take hundreds of years to recuperate, if the area ever could.
If you care about these issues, and how they may affect this unique
spot, please be part of the solution. Write your U.S. Congressmen and
Senators and let your feelings be known. It's the only way to stop the
and preserve the land at the river. And please do so quickly. This
upon us NOW.
Many thanks for your efforts. Any other ideas you have on what we can
would be greatly appreciated. We are moving, and organizing, but there
much to do in a very short amount of time.
Nancy S. Millar
Vice President and Director
McAllen Convention and Visitors' Bureau
McAllen Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 790
1200 Ash Avenue
McAllen, Texas 78505-0790
956-682-2871 x 3013 (voice)
1-877-MCALLEN (622-5536) (toll free)
nmillar at mcallencvb.com
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