In a blow to fiscal responsibility and river protections that Americans hold dear, the House of Representatives voted on March 1 to allow the construction of a $700 million mega-bridge over the Wild and Scenic St. Croix River. The bill had already passed the Senate.
American Rivers and its partners have been fighting the Stillwater Bridge proposal between Minnesota and Wisconsin, which would unnecessarily burden taxpayers while undermining Wild and Scenic River safeguards. Better, more cost-effective bridge alternatives exist.
The House action sets a dangerous precedent, threatening the safeguards for hundreds of Wild and Scenic Rivers nationwide.
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(Photo: A rendering shows one of the proposals for the St. Croix River Crossing connecting Minnesota and Wisconsin. Rendering courtesy of MnDOT)