Wednesday Wake-Up Call 03.16.22 – Orvis News

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Wednesday Wake-Up Call 03.16.22 – Orvis News

Welcome to the latest installment of the Wednesday Wake-Up Call, a roundup of the most pressing conservation issues important to anglers. Work

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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 WaterVoteWater.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.

1. Anglers, Guides, and Conservationists Successfully Force Changes in Florida Water Bill

Here are just some of the changes made to the bill because of protests, phone calls, and signatures on petitions.
Images via Captains for Clean Water

For the past few weeks, we have been posting about Florida Senate Bill 2508, which threatened some of the key tenets of Everglades restoration. After a lot of negotiation, the passed the full legislature vote on Monday, but its final form is a far cry from its original. Because of the engagement of Florida’s guide community, anglers, and conservationists–largely organized by organizations such as Everglades Foundation and Captains for Clean Water–major harm to the Everglades watershed was avoided. The bill still doesn’t do anything to help our waters, and there are some concerns remaining, but the threat it presents is significantly reduced because people who cared made their voices heard.

Click here to read more on floridapolitics.com

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• A revised Lake O bill heads to DeSantis’ desk. Here’s what it means for the St. Lucie River on TCPalm.com
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2. A Watershed Moment for the Klamath River

On February 25, the long campaign by TU and our Klamath Tribal and conservation partners to restore the Klamath River passed a major milestone when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released its draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on proposed decommissioning of the Lower Klamath Project.

The bottom line: the DEIS recommends removing four old fish-killing dams consistent with formal agreements and the proposal built by TU and our Klamath partners to restore the Klamath River and its legendary salmon and steelhead fisheries.

Now, anglers and river advocates need to urge FERC to adopt the findings of the DEIS and issue a Final DEIS as quickly as possible so the river restoration work can begin later this year, as planned.

Click here for more information on tu.org

3. Hunters and Anglers Applaud House MAPLand Act Passage

Photo by Pat Clayton, Fish Eye Guy Photography

The House of Representatives has passed the Modernizing Access to our Public Land Act (H.R. 3113)–with firm support from both Backcountry Hunters & Anglers and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership–which would enhance outdoor recreation opportunities on public land by investing in modern mapping systems that provide Americans with the public access information they need while using handheld GPS technology commonly found in smartphones.

The MAPLand Act will direct federal land management agencies to consolidate, digitize, and make publicly available recreational access information as geospatial files. Such records include information about:

  • Legal easements and rights-of-way across private land
  • Year-round or seasonal closures on roads and trails
  • Road-specific restrictions by vehicle-type
  • Boundaries of areas where special rules or prohibitions apply to hunting and shooting

Companion legislation in the Senate (S.904) passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in November 2021, with unanimous support. The bill now needs to clear the full Senate before it can be delivered to the president’s desk and signed into law.

Click here to read more on trcp.org

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