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YOUNG, DINGELL INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN BILL TO ENHANCE FUNDING FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE

Good news for fish and wildlife programs that have been underfunded for decades. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (HR5650) bill announced yesterday offers hope for bipartisan support that would vastly increase funding for state programs.  —AFS Policy Director Tom Bigford Washington, DC (July 7, 2016) –Yesterday, Congressman Don Young (R-AK) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) introduced the... Read More

POLICY COLUMN: Drought, Flow, and Aquatic Resources

This column has many inspirations, including a drought discussion this past February organized by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, the March 2016 White House Water Summit, my own worries about how new hydrologic patterns will affect fish, and a talk by Ellen Gilinsky, senior policy advisor in the US EPA Office of Water. Read More

Congressional Briefing Features USGS Climate Research

Congressional Briefing Features USGS Climate Research AFS organized a special briefing on June 13, 2016, for congressional staff and others interested in research on “Climate Change and Inland Fish,” a priority of the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center. About 35 attendees heard presentations by four panelists, introduced by Doug Beard... Read More

AFS Briefing Discusses Data’s Impact on Conservation Efforts

AFS Briefing Discusses Data’s Impact on Conservation Efforts AFS held a briefing on June 10th, 2016 at one of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee’s briefing rooms to discuss geospatial tools that enable natural resource managers and their partners to implement targeted projects that advance smart conservation of aquatic ecosystems. AFS brought in three agency representatives... Read More

POLICY COLUMN: Instream Flow

By Thomas Bigford By definition, water is a vital factor in maintaining an aquatic ecosystem, especially one with abundant fish. But that simplistic statement obscures the complicated realities of a healthy water body. Each species needs its predetermined blend of water quantity, quality, and chemistry. When aquatic systems are compromised by human intervention or natural... Read More

POLICY COLUMN: Walls, Aquatic Habitat, and Fish

If walls and fish could talk, I suspect they’d have a strained conversation. Unfortunately, neither fish nor walls were interviewed for this column, so the following is based on 40 years of my personal observations. There has been much talk in recent years about living shorelines, which trend toward using natural materials and native species... Read More

POLICY COLUMN: Climate Change and Fish

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference recently concluded in Paris, and developed countries are now charged with implementing an environmental agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. That’s a perfect setting for us to ponder how well positioned “we” might be for change that might be reflected in U.S. fish programs. With a clearer vision... Read More