Notes from the Hill: Bristol Bay heads back to DC
By Nelli Williams I gulped another swig of tea, willing it to be stronger than it probably was after the long red-eye flight from Anchorage, and pulled open the imposing door of the Transportation and Infrastructure hearing room in the Rayburn House Office building on Capitol Hill. It was a formal room, packed with people and bustling with…
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Clean water at risk: EPA proposes restrictions on state and tribal authority under Clean Water Act
EPA proposed rule would vastly undercut state and tribal authority to protect coldwater resources.
[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text"] Few issues are more critical to Trout Unlimted’s mission than clean water. With recent actions by the Administration to weaken protections, we are facing one of the greatest threats to the Clean Water Act in its long and effective history. While we await publication of final rules to repeal and…
House Natural Resources Committee advances fish habitat bill
What Happened? On Wednesday, Sept. 25, the House Natural Resources Committee advanced the National Fish Habitat Conservation Through Partnerships Act (H.R. 1747). The bipartisan and widely-supported bill, if enacted, will codify and formally recognize the existing National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP). NFHP was created in 2006 by state fisheries agencies and other stakeholders to improve…
Congressmen rally behind abandoned mine cleanup
Photo above: Congressman Dan Meuser (white shirt) and Earth Conservancy president/CEO Mike Dziak (speaking) during a tour of an abandoned mine reclamation site in Luzerne County, Pa. Earth Conservancy photo. There are moonscapes outside Wilkes-Barre, Pa.—piles of black culm left behind from coal mining operations before the dawn of regulation four decades ago. A local…
Out of sight, out of mine?
An abandoned mine overlooks Lion Creek drainage near Empire, Colorado By Randy Scholfield We are bouncing along in four-wheel drive vehicles, high in the Clear Creek watershed west of Denver, overlooking beautiful forest vistas and steep hillsides laced with snowmelt creeks. We are here with a group of reporters to show them a dark secret…
Three rules with impact to coldwater fisheries
An update on three federal rulemakings with impact to coldwater fisheries. What is proposed, what it means for TU, how we will respond and how you can help make your voice heard. 2017 MAY 11: Pack trip into the Gila Wilderness in southern New Mexico. What is happening? Recently there has been a flurry of…