Wednesday, July 27, 2011

House Defeats "Extinction Rider" Still not Out of the Woods

Thanks in large part to the leadership of Washington representative Norm Dicks the House of Representatives voted today to strike the so called "Extinction Rider" from the house Interior and Environment appropriations bill. Dicks and other House Democrats were joined by 17 Republicans including Washington Reps. Dave Reichert and Jaime Herrera in opposing the rider that would have prohibited the US Fish and Wildlife service from listing any new species under the Endangered Species Act. Longtime anti-salmon crusader Doc Hastings of Eastern Washington was among the 202 Republican lawmakers who supported the ban against future ESA listings. The ESA has been a powerful and effective tool for salmon recovery in the Northwest and recent improvements in salmon returns on the Columbia can be in part attributed to court ordered improvements in flows for ESA listed salmon.

More information in the Seattle PI:

Despite narrowly averting catastrophic political meddling in the implementation of species protection threats remain in appropriations act including section 447 which would prohibit the EPA from implementing measures to protect clean water, the communities and species that depend on them from pesticides.

Furthermore, a rider in the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill (HR 2354) will block implementation of the San Joaquin River Restoration Agreement, a landmark agreement between irrigators and the federal government to provide adequate water for ESA listed salmon and steelhead in the watershed while simultaneously providing water for agriculture.

More from Save our Wild Salmon:

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