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FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011, 8:02 A.M.

Sportsmen condemn Congress attempt to weaken Clean Water Act

Kent Contreras lowers his shotgun and gives his Labrador retriever, Tank, the command to fetch. The dog retrieved 10 ducks and geese with equal enthusiasm last Saturday, launching from the boat blind to get each bird and then sitting calmly at his station for the next opportunity.  (Photos by RICH LANDERS / The Spokesman-Review)
Kent Contreras lowers his shotgun and gives his Labrador retriever, Tank, the command to fetch. The dog retrieved 10 ducks and geese with equal enthusiasm last Saturday, launching from the boat blind to get each bird and then sitting calmly at his station for the next opportunity. (Photos by RICH LANDERS / The Spokesman-Review)

ENVIRONMENT -- A coalition of sportmens groups this week strongly criticized the House Transportation Committee for passing legislation that would dramatically weaken the Clean Water Act and undercut four decades of progress in restoring the nation’s waters and wetlands and conserving valuable fish and wildlife habitat.

This is not rocket science:  Clean water is better for fish than polluted water.   Ditto for humans.

The Clean Water Act dates back to 1972 and the Nixon Administration.

“The Clean Water Act has led to immense progress nationwide in cleaning up our waters, restoring fish habitat, protecting drinking water sources, reducing wetlands loss and developing water-based recreational economies,” said Steve Kline, director of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership’s Center for Agricultural and Private Lands. “While states play a lead role in implementing some CWA protections, the law does not function without a federal backstop that ensures its goals are met.

Read a letter from sportsmen to House decision makers opposing H.R. 2018.

Waters and wetlands in the United States sustain the activities of 40 million anglers, who spend about $45 billion annually, and 2.3 million waterfowl hunters, who spend $1.3 billion annually.




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