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Salmon Bill

Posted on 31st October 2013 at 16:09

Third District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler is teaming up with Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer to introduce the “Fundamentally Improving Salmon Habitat Act,” a bill that she says would improve efforts to restore salmon habitat in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon First District Congresswoman Susan Bonamici is also signing onto the bill, along with Congressman Kurt Schrader. Beutler says that the bill would cut through red tape that is preventing small, but extremely effective habitat restoration projects from getting needed funding. The FISH Act would designate these types of projects as “small,” and would give the Army Corps of Engineers the authority to administer block grants with local “lead entities” to develop and construct these projects. Beutler and Blumenauer cite several local groups who support this legislation, saying that it will help to enhance salmon recovery and ecosystem restoration efforts. They say that this represents an opportunity for streamlining the process, getting needed resources on the ground. This bill is just getting started, and it’s not known yet how long it might take to get passed.