Policy News

Commerce Secretary Wades into Marine Fisheries Management

As Commerce chief, Secretary Wilbur Ross’ portfolio includes oversight of NOAA, but it is rather unusual for a cabinet level official to wade into federal fisheries management decisions.  National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS or NOAA Fisheries), a unit within NOAA is charged with management of the nation’s fisheries. With the help of the six regional... Read More

WOTUS Repeal Comment Period Ending Soon

Time is running out to submit your comment to EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers on the proposed repeal of the Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS).  The comment period will close on September 27, 2017.  Make your voice heard! Comment here. AFS and 11 other science societies submitted a joint comment letter to oppose the... Read More

The House of Representatives Passes Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Bills; AFS Urges Senate to Reject WOTUS Rider

In mid-September, the House passed an omnibus spending package containing all 12 of the major appropriations bills for fiscal year 2018. Senate appropriators are still working bills through the committee process. The House and Senate will need to reconcile their respective bills before the budget moves forward to President Trump for signature. Shortly after returning... Read More

Senate Letter Requesting Full Funding for USGS Cooperative Research Units

Honorable Lisa Murkowski Chairwoman, Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment & Related Agencies U.S. Senate Honorable Tom Udall Ranking Member, Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment & Related Agencies U.S. Senate Dear Chairwoman Murkowski and Ranking Member Udall: We write to ask for your support for an additional $4.5 million to the existing $17.3 million for the U.S.G.S. Cooperative Fish... Read More

Rivers and Fish, Not Rivers Versus Fish

Based on a casual skim of the literature, it seems that water, and therefore fish, is often included in debate about fire suppression, interbasin transfers, drought, meteorological anomalies, industrial uses, agricultural practices, and much more. Sorry to share bad news, but there may be two more freshwater issues to concern us all—increasing salinity and shifting hydrology. Read More