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Rock the Earth has actively worked on high profile issues from around the United States. These include:

Target: Defending the Colorado River
The segment of the Colorado River that flows through Grand Canyon National Park is currently managed in a way that unacceptably favors commercial interests over the public. To protect the river for future generations, we have sued the National Park Service to modify the Management Plan, restore natural flows to the River, eliminate motorized transport, and equalize access to the river that does not favor commercial interests over others.


Target: Military Proposals Without Proper Review
The Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS) supports a diverse ecosystem with large numbers of big and small game, fisheries, non-game wildlife, forest, rangeland, mineral resources, as well as containing significant archeological and paleontological resources. Rock the Earth is opposing the Army’s proposed expansion of the PCMS as the plan lacks the necessary environmental evaluation to go forward, fails to review other reasonable alternatives to expansion, and fails to take all measures necessary to protect the important environmental, archeological and paleontological resources found in this area.


 

Target: Protecting Native Resources in Hawaii
With support of musical artist Jack Johnson, Rock the Earth is working with local conservation groups to protect an important marine ecosystem off the coast of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. The NW HI Islands ecosystem contains over 3.5 million acres of some of the world's oldest living coral colonies and encompasses tremedous biodiversity.

Target: Protecting Wilderness from Drilling
Drilling for oil and natural gas occurs on millions of acres of public lands that are administered by the Bureau of Land Management. The agency has proposed a plan that would open up Colorado's Roan Plateau to drilling. In April, 2005, RtE argued that the proposed plan violated federal law, and advocated that BLM select an alternative which honors the community-supported compromise solution for the Roan Plateau, that protects the area's top and cliffs and utilizes state of the art drilling techniques readily available and applicable to the Roan.

Target: The Hetch Hetchy Valley
Hetch Hetchy Valley, in Yosemite National Park, is an area of remarkable natural beauty. In 1923, the natural flow of the Tuolumne River was interrupted when O'Shaughnessy Dam was completed along the western end of the valley, creating Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. The National Park Service (NPS) is currently developing the scope of a new management plan for the Tuolumne River under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. At the suggestion of Hot Buttered Rum, Rock the Earth has argued that the National Park Service must consider the impact from the operation of the dam on the Tuolumne within the scope of the Management Plan.

Target: Protecting Public Lands from Livestock Grazing
Livestock grazing occurs on millions of acres of public lands that are administered by the Bureau of Land Management. The agency has proposed amending its grazing regulations in order to achieve greater efficiency in its overall management process. In February 2004, RtE argued that these proposed changes were contrary to federal law, diminished protection of public lands, and curtailed the American public's ability to participate in the regulatory process.

Target: Protecting Endangered Species from Pesticides
Under the Endangered Species Act, EPA is required to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife and National Marine Fisheries Services (the "Services") to ensure that no EPA actions impact endangered species. The Services have proposed to streamline this process by allowing EPA to conduct these risk assessment evaluations when registering pesticides and renewing pesticide registrations. In March, we argued that the EPA has neither the legal authority nor the technical expertise to bypass this necessary review by the Services.

Target: Raw Sewage Discharges
In many parts of the country, municipal sewage systems are combined with stormwater drainage systems, leading to inadequately-sized publicly owned sewage treatment works ("POTW"s) to be overwhelmed during rain events. Rock the Earth has argued to the EPA that the agency's proposed guidance to allow for raw, untreated sewage to bypass POTWs is improper and illegal, poses a threat to the environment, the ecology and human health, and therefore, requires strict regulatory standards.

Target: Preserving National Forests
Roadless areas are exactly that -- places where no roads have been built and where, as a result, no logging or other development has occurred. Recently proposed regulations would change how these areas are regulated, opening them up to timber and mining interests. In November 2004, RtE joined with several other Colorado-based groups to oppose the proposed regulatory roll-back.

Target: High Impact Polluters
Snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks cause air pollution and negatively impact both wildlife and visitors to the Parks. We argued to the National Park Service against the use of these unregulated and harmful vehicles, and advocated for the immediate elimination of recreational snowmobile use within the park's boundaries.

Target: Water, Air and Noise Polluters
Personal water craft (PWC) in our public National Recreation Areas are a nuisance. Not only do they emit greenhouse gas emissions and pollute our waterways, but they interrupt the peace and tranquility enjoyed by visitors. We advocated for the immediate removal of PWC in the Glen Canyon (AZ) and Amistad (TX) National Recreation Areas.

Target: Needlessly Destructive Ore Mining
Crown Resources is proposing to develop an underground mining operation in the Okanogan Highlands of western Washington State. Rock the Earth provided a list of comments to the State of Washington as part of the scoping process for a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. We have argued that further study needs to be completed to evalute the potential impacts from the proposed mining project.

Target: Development over Isolated Wetlands
Wetlands that appear to be disconnected from any apparent surface waters serve critical functions in maintaining the health of our ecosystem. Despite moves by developers to reduce protections for these so-called "isolated" wetlands, Rock the Earth successfully argued to the U.S. EPA for the protection of "isolated" wetlands and successfully advocated for continued federal oversight over these bodies of water.

Target: The Mattaponi River
The Mattaponi River, considered by the Mattaponi Tribe in Virginia to be the place where life begins, will be impacted by a proposed reservoir and dam project that will pump water from the river and could damage its ecosystem. At the suggestion of Sugar Hill recording artist, Scott Miller, Rock the Earth joined with the Alliance to Save the Mattaponi to argue to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission that the project would threaten the recovery of the American Shad and would negatively impact the historic fishing rights of the Tribe.


Target: Protecting Our Water Supply from Toxins
Without any review by the EPA, dangerous pesticides are applied to our nation's waterways every summer, threating aquatic life and the safety of our water supplies. Rock the Earth has argued to the U.S. EPA that the agency's proposal to allow for the application of pesticides to Waters of the United States without a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit is improper and illegal, and a threat to the environment, the ecology and human health.

 
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