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CONSERVATION — Some conservationists didn't hide their happiness to hear that Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., is retiring after 20 years in Congress, an unexpected announcement that drew both cheers and jeers Thursday in the nation’s capital.
As chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, he's been a barrier to many efforts championed by environmentalists, especially those who objected to his persistent moves to open more public lands to development and to change laws dealing with endangered species, among other things.
“It’s really good riddance,” said Athan Manuel, director of the lands protection program for the Sierra Club.
Click “continue reading” for the full story from the McClatchy Washington Bureau.
RIVERS — Discussions on revising the Columbia River Treaty are picking up, as the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee plans a field hearing Monday, Dec. 9, in Pasco to learn about regional impacts of the treaty with Canada.
Changes in the treaty could have profound impacts on hydropower management and fishing.
Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., chairman of the committee, has concerns about the upcoming renegotiation of the treaty and the United States’ draft recommendations for possible changes.
He scheduled the hearing for 9 a.m. in the Pasco City Council Chambers, 525 N. Third Ave.
Read on for more from the Associated Press:
RIVERS — The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing in Pasco toda on “save our dams” legislation introduced by Congressman Doc Hastings.
The Tri-City Herald reports the legislation would prohibit federal money from being used to remove hydropower dams without specific authorization by Congress.
The bill also would:
Shouldn't the bill also assure the public knows the value of fish and wildlife lost to power production, and the associated health issues, and the cost to subsidize the barging industry and the federal cost to replace the dams and deal with the silt issues that will come to a head in the next few decades?
There's a cost to everything. To peg fish and wildlife as the villain is disingenuous.
ENDANGERED SPECIES — Rep. Dod Hastings, R-WA, says he's ready to rewrite the Endangered Species Act, according to this McClatchy report.
PUBLIC LANDS — Congressman Doc Hastings, R-WA, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, is promoting a Republican plan that would remove restrictions on motorized access to 43 million acres of public land nationwide.
A tip of the hat to the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers organization for trekking to Washington, D.C., to let Congress know that's a lame idea.
Read the story from McClatchy Newspapers.
RIVERS — Speaking to the Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club on Wednesday, Congressman Doc Hastings, R-WA, said he’ll use his position as chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee to block any bills related to breaching lower Snake River dams.
Hastings said salmon runs are recovering under current management practices and dam breaching is the last resort.
The Tri-City Herald reports Hastings as saying he’s concerned that tearing down any Snake River dam puts every other dam at risk.
Environmentalists favor removing dams to restore Snake River salmon runs.