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Thursday
Jun022011

Thursday
Jun022011

Protection for Wetlands, Waterways Threatened by Congress

A federal Clean Water Act “guidance” that would help protect wetlands and waterways is in danger of not receiving needed funding, according to the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.

“While sportsmen understand the need for fiscal conservatism, this rash decision by Congress leaves vulnerable waters that provide critical habitat to fish and wildlife, flood control, drinking water and a range of other benefits,” said Steve Kline, director of the TRCP Center for Agricultural and Private Lands.

“We urge House appropriators to reconsider this budgetary measure, which takes several steps backward in our efforts to restore Clean Water Act protections to the nation’s streams and wetlands.”

According to TRCP:

The TRCP and its partners welcomed proposed guidance issued by the administration in April that would more clearly define which U.S. waters are subject to Clean Water Act protections, a move that would begin restoring long-standing protections to many of the nation’s wetlands, streams, lakes and headwaters that have remained threatened in the wake of two ambiguous Supreme Court decisions and subsequent agency guidance. 

“It’s ironic that this provision  (under consideration by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development) would bar the Corps from doing the one thing that almost everyone agrees should happen – revising its regulations to more clearly define ‘waters of the United States,’” said Scott Kovarovics, conservation director for the Izaak Walton League of America and working group member.

“If this provision became law, it would lock in the status quo that threatens drinking water for 117 million Americans and the most productive duck habitat in the country.”

You can learn more here.

Thursday
Jun022011

Check Out the Bassmaster Elite Series for a Good Cause and a Good Time

 

If you are going to be anywhere near Decatur, Ala., the weekend of June 16-19, you should stop by for the final Bassmaster Elite Series event of the regular season and the many activities associated with it.

The latter will include concerts by a dozen bands and family-friendly activities. In addition, Bishop Black, Southern Comfort, and Colt Ford will perform free, live concerns immediately following Sunday’s weigh-in.

While you’re there, contribute to United Way’s Disaster Relief Fund. Organizers hope to raise $25,000 to help victims of the tornadoes that tore through Alabama in April.

Find out more here.

Thursday
Jun022011

Help Prevent Spread of Fish-Killing Disease; Be a Steward

Check out Recycled Fish’s Stewardship Tips to find out how you can help prevent the spread of viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS), a disease that has killed hundreds of thousands of fish, mostly in the Great Lakes.

VHS is not a threat to humans, but it’s a non-discriminatory killer of many sportfish species.

While you are at the site, subscribe to receive the tips via e-mail and take the stewardship pledge.

This is a great organization that sees the big picture: We all live downstream and we can best protect our fisheries by living a life of stewardship on and off the water.

Thursday
Jun022011

Invasive Species Threat Used As Excuse to Deny Public Access

The campaign to keep anglers off public waters is heating up inland, as well as on the coasts. On our freshwaters, invasive species are being used as the excuse to oppose public access, especially on natural lakes in the Upper Midwest, the Northeast, and New England.

Here is the latest in the May issue of Clean Angling News:

“Fear of invasive species introductions is causing a number of lakefront property owners to call for the closing of public boat ramps on their lakes. It’s understandable that homeowners would want to protect their waters but to do so at the expense of public access is not acceptable. Finding a way to maintain access while protecting our waters is a key challenge.

Minnesota is at the center of this issue right now as property owners are proposing a number of access reducing actions. In the most recent, the 140 members of the Christmas Lake Homeowners Association are asking to have a code-activated gate installed on the lake's solitary boat ramp. This would allow residents and members of the association to utilize the ramp on demand but would keep the public from launching a boat.

“This request comes just weeks after homeowners around Fish Lake in Maple Grove sought to close its only access ramp when it wasn't staffed for inspections.”

Subscribe to Clean Angling News at the Invasive Species Action Network.