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Monthly Archives: July 2017

House Natural Resources Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Magnuson-Stevens Act

On July 19, the House Natural Resources Committee’s Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee held an oversight hearing to explore regional successes and challenges associated with federal fisheries management under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). Stakeholders from various regions testified on specific management challenges they have faced, and highlighted reforms that could be... Read More

EPA Moves Forward to Repeal WOTUS

UPDATE: EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers have extended the comment period by 30 days for the proposed repeal of the Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS) to provide additional time for stakeholders to weigh in. The comment period, as now extended, will close on September 27, 2017. https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule/extension-comment-period-definition-waters-united-states-recodification-pre-existing The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving... Read More

Appropriations Bill Aims to Exempt Clean Water Rule from Public Comments

UPDATE: The House of Representatives passed a security-themed “minibus” appropriations package on July 27, containing Defense, Energy & Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs spending bills. The bill includes a controversial provision to exempt the repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule from the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). The policy rider would allow for an expedited... Read More

AFS Urges Congress to Support DOI’s Climate Science Centers

AFS recently signed-on to a letter urging congressional appropriators to fund the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) in concert with a number of conservation organizations.  The President’s FY18 budget proposes a 34% decrease in overall funding from FY17 levels for this program and the cuts would result... Read More

ASWM to host WOTUS Webinar

The Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) will host a webinar on July 11, 2017 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. ET featuring legal experts representing diverse perspectives on the Trump administration’s proposed repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Army are carrying out a two-step process to repeal... Read More

Fisheries Magazine – August 2017

COLUMNS  President's Commentary Do We Advocate? Communications The King of Fish “Book Drop”: Generating Conversation and Shared Values about Salmon in Alaska Perspective Science and Advocacy in the American Fisheries Society: Seeking the Same Side of the Fence FEATURES  Shaping AFS Advocacy Based on History and Need Emerging Law of Scientific Integrity—A Bumpy Birth Always Advocating... Read More

Bi-partisan Legislation Aims to Authorize National Fish Habitat Partnership

In June, Sens. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Ben Cardin, D-Md. introduced bipartisan legislation to authorize the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP). The National Fish Habitat Conservation Act, S. 1436, authorizes $7.2 million annually for fish habitat restoration and protection projects that are supported by regional Fish Habitat Partnerships and codifies the National Fish Habitat Action... Read More