REPLENISH OUR DUNES!
This week I received this notice in my inbox regarding a grassroots effort being put forward by The Audubon Society in Albany to the Army Corps of Engineers that basically says, the dunes shouldn't be raised because the piping plover habitat is more important than our community!
When did birds become more important than people?
Why on earth are the Fish and Wildlife Service, who's salaries we pay through our income and property taxes, able to decide that these birds are more important than your children's futures?
We have to make them hear us. They need to understand that our communities are worth more than birds!
Keeping the Atlantic on the south side of Fire Island is a priority for us! Our homes, businesses and whole communities are at risk.
If the Audubon Society gets there way, we will be underwater!
I urge every person receiving this email to email@example.com and send an urgent letter to the decision makers, explaining in the most respectful way possible; that our communities from Moriches Inlet to the Great South Bay are more important than birds. These emails need to be sent today.
APRIL 17th IS THE DEADLINE!!!!
SAMPLE LETTER BELOW:
Dear Mr. Smith,
I am writing to you as a citizen who was negatively impacted by Super Storm Sandy and other coastal storms along the South Shore of Long Island.
The communities of Mastic Beach, Shirley, Mastic, Center Moriches, East Moriches, Moriches, Eastport, Remsenburg, and Speonk are in peril from further storms if something is not done to substantially raise the height of the dunes west of Moriches Inlet.
I am concerned that the voices of “Piping Plover” supporters and advocates from the Fish and Wildlife Services and other nature conservancy groups have outweighed the voices of the residents who have been negatively impacted by the loss of the dunes on Fire Island.
I implore you to please make every effort to raise the level of the dunes east of Smith Point County Park to the thirteen foot level that is currently being proposed. My understanding is that work is set to begin in early September and I implore you to keep to that schedule.
Taxpaying human residents should be prioritized over birds. Our habitats should be considered as important, if not more important, than those of the piping plovers.
Thank you for your time and consideration on this matter.
[Add your name here]
To be even more effective, also fill out each of the forms online to our respective public officials President Obama, Vice President Biden, US Senator Schumer, US Senator Gillibrand, US Congressman Bishop, Governor Cuomo, NY Senator Zeldin, NY Senator LaValle, NY Assemblyman Hennessey, NY Assemblyman Theile, County Executive Bellone, Legislator Browning, Legislator Krupski, Supervisor Romaine, Councilman Panico, Mayor Biondi
And Most importantly, Mr. Smith at the Army Core of Engineers