Statement by Carol Hardin, Chair of the Sierra Club St. Croix Valley Group in response to American Strategies, Inc. Survey

Statement by Carol Hardin, Chair of the Sierra Club St. Croix Valley Group in response to American Strategies, Inc. Survey

For Immediate Release – January 30, 2012

The St. Croix was designated one of the eight original National Scenic Riverways because it is a natural treasure. It is possible and necessary to balance development pressures with preserving the high quality features that draw residents to the St. Croix Valley, and continue to protect one of the country’s most endangered rivers.

“In the survey released today, it is no surprise that most respondents support the currently proposed project — they are being given a false choice between a costly mega bridge that is neither fiscally or environmentally responsible, and no action. Meanwhile, residents in communities across the state with urgent road and bridge repairs have not had a voice.

“The Sierra Club continues to support the construction of a lower, less-intrusive bridge which will meet residents’ needs at a fraction of the cost of the four-lane mega bridge. Survey respondents expect a new bridge to ease congestion, reduce travel times and improve safety. The proposed alternative bridge would address those issues, but at a lower cost to taxpayers across the state.

“We continue to work for a less intrusive and costly solution that is responsive to residents’ needs and fiscal realities while honoring the river’s protected status.”

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