Wednesday Wake-Up Call 03.02.21

Welcome to the latest installment of the Wednesday Wake-Up Call, a roundup of the most pressing conservation issues important to anglers. Working with our friends at Trout UnlimitedBackcountry Hunters & Anglers, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation PartnershipThe Everglades FoundationCaptains for Clean WaterBullsugar.org, and Conservation Hawks (among others), we’ll make sure you’ve got the information you need to understand the issues and form solid opinions.

If you know of an important issue–whether it’s national or local–that anglers should be paying attention to, comment below, and we’ll check it out!

1. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Accepts Appeal of Permit Denial

Pebble Mine’s permit was denied because the mine’s developers could not prove that it would not adversely affect the salmon habitat of Bristol Bay.
Photo illustration by Pat Clayton, Fish Eye Guy Photography

As we told you a few weeks ago, the Pebble Limited Partnership filed an appeal of the November decision to deny the permit to build Pebble Mine. “The Army Corps says the application is sufficient to begin an administrative appeal.”

Click here to read the full story on Alaska Public Media 

In related news, the Army Corps rejected a similar appeal filed by Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy, on the grounds that “the state has no standing to pursue an appeal because it did not have a permit denied.”

Click here to read the full story in the Anchorage Press 

2. The Case for Removing Dams on the Lower Snake River

Last month, Republican Congressman Mike Simpson announced a $34 billion proposal to remove four dams on the Lower Snake River and support the industries that rely on them. He sat down with Boise State Public Radio to explain his rationale for supporting the project, and he explains the benefits of taking down the dams.

Click here to read the full story and listen to the interview on Boise State Public Radio

Click here to read a Q&A with Representative Simpson on Oregon Live

3. The New Congress Can Remake Conservation Efforts

In a great article on the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership website, Andrew Earl outlines “Six Ways Congress Can Create Jobs and Safeguard Habitat,”:

Our natural resources can once again bring our nation together, if Congress seizes the opportunity to invest in them.  As policymakers search for ways to stimulate the economy, they need look no further than our lands and waters. That’s why hunters and anglers are joining a diverse coalition of conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts to ensure that Congress considers fish and wildlife habitat as part of the solution to the many challenges we face.

The six policy proposals that we have put forward will put Americans back to work, combat climate change, and enhance our outdoor recreation opportunities. Here’s what Congress should do to let conservation work for America.

Click here for the full story on trcp.org.

For more coverage of legislative issues, check out these stories from around the Web:

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