Home > newsroom > Page
Chairman Hastings: Obama Administration Retreats from Designating White River as National Blueway
“Withdrawal is yet further proof that the Blueways program has been deeply and fundamentally flawed from the beginning”

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 3, 2013 - House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings released the following statement after the Department of the Interior announced it was withdrawing the National Blueways Designation for the White River watershed in Arkansas and Missouri.

“This withdrawal is yet further proof that the Blueways program, imposed unilaterally by the Obama Administration without any statutory authority, has been deeply and fundamentally flawed from the beginning. I congratulate those in the Arkansas and Missouri delegations who brought forth concerns over this Blueway; their hard work has paid off by forcing the Obama Administration to retreat. But the fact remains that there are other watersheds and working rivers that may be impacted by this misguided policy, which seems to create more troubled waters every day. The House Natural Resources Committee intends to continue our oversight of this matter, including a hearing later in the month. We expect the Interior Department to answer our questions and fully comply with the Committee’s request for documents.”

Background

The National Blueways Secretarial Order was signed by Secretary Salazar in 2012 and creates unilateral authority for the Secretary to designate entire watersheds as “National Blueways.” There are growing concerns that the Order has the potential to impose land and water use restrictions and undermine property rights.

Last week, Chairman Hastings sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell seeking further information about the implementation of the National Blueways program.


Contact: Committee Press Office 202-226-9019

Latest News

Bishop: Native Hawaiian Rule is Unconstitutional

Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior issued the final rule to create a Native Hawaiian government. The rule, which is highly disputed and raises difficult constitutional issues, includes new adm...... Read more

Bishop: Obama Administration is Exploiting Native Americans to Advance Their Extreme Environmental Agenda

Today, the U.S. Departments of the Army, the Interior and Justice invited tribal leaders to participate in government-to-government consultations on infrastructure permitting. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-U...... Read more

Committee Passes Locally-Driven Utah Public Lands Initiative

Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on five bills including H.R. 5780 (Rep. Rob Bishop), the “Utah Public Lands Initiative Act.” This bill designates millions of acres of fed...... Read more

View All News

Calendar

No upcoming scheduled events

View All Events