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Norfork NFH Budget Status
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.
CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT THIS BILL ~ FORM LETTER TO STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND CONGRESS OFFICIALS
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