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Making the Case for Science

Drue Winters, AFS Policy Director. E-mail: dwinters@fisheries.org Throughout its nearly 150-year history, the American Fisheries Society (AFS) has had an interest and a role in shaping state and federal natural resource policy. However, the Society's level of engagement and the willingness of its membership to take positions on important policy issues has varied over time.... Read More

Clean Water Rule (WOTUS) Letter Submission Form for Scientists

Recently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed to rescind the Clean Water Rule. (Details available on the Federal Register). The Clean Water Rule, which was developed using the best available, peer-reviewed science, clarifies which waters are and are not categorically protected under the Clean Water Act. Specifically, the Clean... Read More

HELP for Wildlife Act

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) advanced S. 1514, The Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation for Wildlife Act (HELP for Wildlife Act), on July 26.  The bill contains several provisions important to conservationists, sportsmen, and fisheries managers including re-authorizations of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), the National Fish and... Read More

House Appropriators Recognize Value of Professional Scientific Societies

The House of Representatives recently passed the Fiscal Year 2018 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.  The committee report that accompanied the bill recognized the importance of professional societies and specifically mentions AFS. The report highlights the valuable role professional societies hold in assuring sound scientific management principles are applied to... Read More

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving forward to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule.  This is the first step in the agency’s plan to repeal and replace the rule. The proposed rule was filed in the Federal Register yesterday. The public comment period is open until August 28, 2017. Let the agency know the importance of wetlands... 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