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Date Last Updated: July 22, 2013

 

The Mitigation Hatchery Funding Bill has been submitted! The Bill number is HR 2261 and the title is “National Mitigation Fisheries Coordination Act of 2013”. It is simplified from last year to simply require the water development agencies to reimburse and to work with Fish & Wildlife to come up with plans to provide mitigation. The Bill was submitted on June 6, 2013 to the U.S. House with AR Congressman Rick Crawford as the sponsor with two co-sponsors at this time. It was referred to the House Subcommittee on Water and Power on 6-10-13. 

 

The stated purpose of the Bill as written is “To ensure the continuation of successful fisheries mitigation programs and for other purposes”. The passage of the Bill would create a stable, reliable and long term funding mechanism for the mitigation hatchery program. The Act mimics very successful fishery mitigation programs in the West by requiring Water Development Agencies to reimburse for the costs associated with fulfilling commitments the Federal Government made to states for the destructive affects constructing federal water development projects has had on local fisheries.

 

The affected hatcheries and their Congressional Representatives are as follows:

 

Hatchery                                                             Office                                District

Greers Ferry National Fish Hatchery                   Rick Crawford**                    AR-01

Norfork National Fish Hatchery                          Rick Crawford**                    AR-01

Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery    Doug Collins                        R-GA-09

Warm Springs Fish Health Center                      Lynn Westmoreland**           R-GA-03

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery                     Ed Whitefield                       R-KY-01

Neosho National Fish Hatchery                          Billy Long                             R-MO-07

Ennis National Fish Hatchery                             Steve Daines                        R-MT-At Large

Bozeman Fish Health Center                              Steve Daines                        R-MT-At Large

Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery                  Kevin Cramer                      R-ND-07

Valley City National Fish Hatchery                       Kevin Cramer                      R-ND-07

Lamar Fish Health Center                                   Glenn Thompson                  R-PA-05

Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery                    Kristi Noem                        R-SD-At Large

Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery                     Diane Black                        R-TN-06

Erwin National Fish Hatchery                               David Roe**                       R-TN-01

Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery                        Bob Bishop                         R-UT-01

White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery     Nick Rahall                          D-WV-03

LaCrosse Fish Health Center                                Ron Kind                              D-WI-03

Saratoga National Fish Hatchery                          Cynthia Lummis                   R-WY-At Large

 

Please contact these Congressional Representatives and request their support of HR 2261 and to sign on as co-sponsors. At this point, these Representatives are crucial to the successful passage of this Bill. For contact information click here then click on their state.

 

TO VIEW THE BILL CLICK ME!

CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT THIS BILL ~ FORM LETTER TO STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND CONGRESS OFFICIALS

VIEW THE LETTER TO THE SECRETARY OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR

USFWS COMMITS TO FUNDING THE MITIGATION HATCHERIES THROUGH 2014

CONGRESSMAN CRAWFORD CLAIMS A VICTORY ON MITIGATION HATCHERIES

 

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