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AFS Tracks Wildfire Discussions Due to Connections with Fish

Federal appropriators are once again seeking to address the escalating costs of wildfire suppression on public lands. This year, wildfires have ravaged states in the west, Pacific Northwest, and Northern Rockies regions of the United States. By September, wildland fire suppression costs for the fiscal year had already exceeded $2 billion, making 2017 the most expensive... Read More

WOTUS Hearing Update

The House Science, Space and Technology’s Subcommittee on the Environment held a hearing to discuss the future of the Waters of the U.S. Rule or “WOTUS” rule on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. The Trump Administration is seeking to repeal the rule that clarifies which wetlands and small waterways are protected by the Clean Water Act. ... Read More

House To Examine State Capacity to Administer Wetland Protection

The House Science, Space and Technology’s Subcommittee on the Environment is scheduled to discuss the future of the Waters of the U.S. Rule or “WOTUS” rule on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. The regulation determines which wetlands and small waterways are protected by the Clean Water Act.  The subcommittee will also examine state participation in administering... Read More

Science Societies Oppose Scalia Definition of WOTUS

In June, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the proposed repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule in anticipation of replacing it with a narrower definition of “Waters of the U.S.” or “WOTUS.”   The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are currently soliciting recommendations for this new definition, the second... Read More

Forest Service Releases New Fish and Aquatic Strategy

On November 15, the USDA Forest Service released Rise to the Future: National Fish and Aquatic Strategy. In the 30 years since the inception of Rise to the Future, the Forest Service’s and the conservation community’s understanding of the threats and stressors that need to be addressed to achieve successful fish conservation outcomes have changed.... Read More

South Atlantic Council Opens Red Snapper Season

On October 27, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council announced open commercial and recreational fisheries for Red Snapper. The recreational season opened in federal waters of the South Atlantic for two consecutive three-day weekends, November 3-5 and November 10-12. The commercial fishery opened November 2 with a 75-pound (gutted weight) trip limit and no minimum... Read More