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  • Bishop Statement on Western Water Presidential Memo
    Press Release
    Oct 19, 2018 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) issued the following statement after the release of a presidential memorandum seeking to enhance western water access and resources. “For many years, westerners have expressed their need for certainty and access to water and affordable, renewable ... More
  • ICYMI: At Interior, We’re Ready To Bring The Endangered Species Act Up To Date
    In Case You Missed It
    Aug 9, 2018 -
    By: Dep. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt The Washington Post A modern vision of conservation is one that uses federalism, public-private partnerships and market-based solutions to achieve sound stewardship. These approaches, combined with sensible regulations and the best available science, will achieve the g... More
  • House Passes Bill to Support Critical Water Infrastructure for Tribes, Local Communities
    Press Release
    Jul 12, 2018 -
    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3281, the Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization Act. Introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), this bipartisan bill establishes a voluntary, streamlined process for local utilities, states or tribes to pursue title transfers. “Our... More
  • House Passes Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization with Bipartisan Support
    Press Release
    Jul 11, 2018 -
    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 200, the bipartisan Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act. Introduced by Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), the bill reauthorizes and modernizes the Magnuson-Stevens Act by implementing regional flexibility, tailored managem... More
  • Committee Hears from Stakeholders on Importance of a Healthy Ocean Economy
    Press Release
    Jun 6, 2018 -
    Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans staff held a roundtable with representatives from ocean-dependent communities to discuss opportunities for regulatory reform that will provide certainty for working waterfronts and promote vibrant and susta... More
  • Bishop, Lamborn Applaud the Start of Columbia River Treaty Renegotiations between United States, Canada
    Press Release
    May 29, 2018 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Subcommittee on Water, Power & Oceans Chairman Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) issued the following statement today as the United States and Canada begin negotiations to renew the Columbia River Treaty which balances Canadian Flood Control with U.S. Hydropowe... More
  • Bishop, McMorris Rodgers Praise House Passage of Bill to Save Western Ratepayers Millions
    Press Release
    Apr 25, 2018 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 3144 (Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.). The bipartisan bill provides certainty over the reliable management of the Federal Columbia River Power System and prevents the wasting of $40 million in lost power generation. “This bill is a logical solution to the illogical regulatory mess fac... More
  • Streamlining Federal Permitting Key to Safe, Reliable Water Infrastructure
    Press Release
    Feb 14, 2018 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing on the state of the nation’s water and power infrastructure. “Water infrastructure is perhaps the most important, yet overlooked, form of infrastructure in our nation,” District Manager of Kennewick Irrigation District Charles Freeman stated. ... More
  • Committee Passes Bill to Improve Regulatory Efficiency, Environmental Progress
    Press Release
    Jan 10, 2018 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 3133, the “Streamlining Environmental Approvals (SEA) Act of 2017.” Introduced by Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), the bill amends the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to remove duplicative permitting requirements that inhibit economic development and restoration... More
  • Committee Passes Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization
    Press Release
    Dec 13, 2017 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 200, the “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act.” Introduced by Chairman Emeritus Don Young (R-AK), the bill reauthorizes and modernizes the Magnuson-Stevens Act by implementing regional flexibility, tailored ... More
  • Panel Reviews Bill to Spur Water Infrastructure Development Across the West
    Press Release
    Nov 30, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a legislative hearing on H.R. 4419, the “Bureau of Reclamation and Bureau of Indian Affairs Water Project Streamlining Act.” Introduced by Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), the bill seeks to streamline and expedite water infrastructure development across the West by requi... More
  • Panel: Bipartisan Bills Enhance ESA Protections, Boost Hydropower Reliability
    Press Release
    Oct 12, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a legislative hearing on H.R. 3144 (Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-WA) and H.R. 3916 (Rep. Ken Calvert, R-CA), the “Federally Integrated Species Health Act” or “FISH Act,” bills to improve the recovery of Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed fish while providing ce... More
  • Members Review Proposals to Modernize Federal Fisheries Management
    Press Release
    Sep 26, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a legislative hearing on a series of bills aimed at improving federal fisheries management for commercial and recreational fisherman. “Many of you here today probably consider this to be a fishery hearing, but I assure you it is much more than that. Whether we are... More
  • Bishop Statement on House Appropriations Package
    Press Release
    Sep 14, 2017 -
    Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement on House passage of H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act of 2018: “This package builds on the administration’s efforts to reduce bureaucracy and promote regulatory certainty across the Department of the Interior and other federal ... More
  • Committee Passes Bills to Spur Private Investment in Water Infrastructure, Increase Federal Transparency
    Press Release
    Jul 26, 2017 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 3281 (Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-CO), the “Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization Act,” and H.R. 2371 (Rep. Paul Gosar, R-AZ), the “Western Area Power Administration Transparency Act.” H.R. 3281 streamlines the process of transferr... More
  • Bishop Statement on Formal WOTUS Withdrawal
    Press Release
    Jul 26, 2017 -
    Today, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers formally proposed the withdrawal of the Waters of the U.S. Rule in the Federal Register. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “This long-overdue withdrawal is a win for farmers, states, communities and private property righ... More
  • Committee Calls for Improved Science, Local Flexibility and Regulatory Certainty in Magnuson-Stevens
    Press Release
    Jul 19, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a hearing examining the successes and needed updates to the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA). Passed in 1976, MSA is the primary law governing fisheries in federal waters. The law requires federal fishery managers to impose an annual catch limit on both commercial and r... More
  • House Passes Water Bill to Promote Abundant Water Supply to California and the West
    Press Release
    Jul 12, 2017 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 23 (Rep. David Valadao, R-CA), the “Gaining Responsibility on Water Act” or “GROW Act.” The bill addresses underlying federal policy, regulatory and administrative failures that have contributed to the mismanagement of water supplies across the West. “Dogmatic paradigms and failed federal p... More
  • Committee Passes Bill to Protect Water Rights
    Press Release
    Jun 27, 2017 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources advanced H.R. 2939, the “Water Rights Protection Act of 2017.” Introduced by Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), the bill protects privately held water rights from federal overreach. “In recent years, we have seen federal agencies ignore the concept of private property rights and t... More
  • Bishop: Pumped Storage Integral to "All of the Above" Energy Strategy
    Press Release
    Jun 27, 2017 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 1967, the “Bureau of Reclamation Pumped Storage Hydropower Development Act.” Introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), the bipartisan bill authorizes expanded pumped storage hydropower at select Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) facilities. “For an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy we need ‘all-of... More
  • Bishop Statement on WOTUS Recission
    Press Release
    Jun 27, 2017 -
    Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its decision to rescind the Obama Administration’s Waters of the United States Rule (WOTUS). Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “This rule aggrandized federal bureaucrats at the expense of farmers’ water and private property rights. EPA’... More
  • House Passes "One Stop-Shop" Permitting Bill to Expand Water Storage Infrastructure
    Press Release
    Jun 22, 2017 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 1654, the “Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act,” by a bipartisan vote of 233-180. Introduced by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), the bill creates a “one-stop-shop” permitting process through the Bureau of Reclamation for new or expanded surface storage facilities. It streamlines agency perm... More
  • House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Improve Electricity Reliability and Vegetation Management
    Press Release
    Jun 21, 2017 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 1873, the “Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act,” by a bipartisan vote of 300-118. Introduced by Reps. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR), the bipartisan bill provides streamlined processes for the removal of hazardous vegetative overgrowth within or adjacent to elect... More
  • Hearing Focuses on Bills to Protect Endangered Salmon, Empower Local Management on Federal Water Projects
    Press Release
    Jun 8, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a legislative hearing on two bills to lessen the costs of federal water and power infrastructure to American ratepayers. H.R. 2083 (Rep. Jaime Herrera-Beutler, R-WA), the bipartisan supported “Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act,” allows state... More
  • Hearing Focuses on Bills to Protect Property Rights, Increase Federal Transparency
    Press Release
    May 18, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a legislative hearing on two bills to increase federal transparency, safeguard private and state water rights, and provide certainty to water and power users. The “Water Rights Protection Act” discussion draft (Rep. Scott Tipton, R-CO) protects state water law and... More
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