|Help the Alliance to Save the Mattaponi Achieve its Fundraising Goal of $100,000 in 2006
Contributions for the Alliance are tax deductible. The fiscal agent for the Alliance to Save the Mattaponi is the Sierra Club Foundation.
Checks for the Alliance should be made payable to the Sierra Club Foundation and sent to the Alliance to Save the Mattaponi, P.O. Box 150, Mattaponi, VA 23110-0150.
For Immediate Release
September 29, 2006
Alliance to Save the Mattaponi Announces Major Fundraising Drive
To Defeat the King William Reservoir
Goal set of $100,000 in 2006 and 2007
Over the past ten years the Alliance has raised and spent more than to $150,000, but to secure victory in 2007, the Alliance has announced a goal to raise in the next two years more money as it has raised in all the years it has been in existence; $100,000 in 2006 and $100,000 in 2007.
“Experience is the best teacher; over the years we have spent tens of thousands on experts who have demonstrated that Newport News had grossly inflated its water needs and seriously understated the environmental harm the project would cause, said Leslie Fellows, Co-chair of the Alliance to Save the Mattaponi. We know we are going to need much more to challenge the studies, reports and experts that Newport News will generate over the next year.”
No question, this is a lot of money, but it pales in comparison to the $25 million that Newport News has spent over the same time including over $3.9 million spent on attorneys fees alone since 2003.
“We are very fortunate to have the legal services to the Southern Environmental Law Center and the support of the Sierra Club and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. However, the costs of expert witnesses, court costs, printing, postage and outreach to the public will all come due in the next 15 months and we need to be ready,” said Ms. Fellows.
“Much of our money over the years has been raised with contributions of from $10 to $100 and several very generous supporters. But to raise the $100,000 this year and next we need to identify more donors able to make larger donations,” said Tyla Matteson, Alliance Treasurer. “Our victory before the State Water Control Board is a signal to our supporters that we now have the opportunity to stop the reservoir once and for all, but that will take significant resources.”
Contributions for the Alliance are tax deductible. The fiscal agent for the Alliance to Save the Mattaponi is the Sierra Club Foundation. Checks for the Alliance should be made payable to the Sierra Club Foundation and sent to the Alliance to Save the Mattaponi, P.O. Box 150, Mattaponi, VA 23110-0150.