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NFC: Fw: River Policy Update, Week of March 25, 2002
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American Rivers' Policy Update
Week of March 25, 2002
IN THIS WEEK'S UPDATE:
* Energy policy
* Congressional calendar
* Take action
* River conservation tools
Energy bill update
Debate on the energy bill will continue when Congress reconvenes on
April 8. Last week Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) said he
would bring a cloture motion on April 9 to force an end to debate on
the bill. In anticipation of Daschle's motion, Sen. Frank Murkowski
(R-AK) is expected to offer a long-promised amendment that would open
up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Oil and Gas drilling.
The Democratic energy bill would not open up the Arctic Refuge to oil
and gas drilling, and Democrats believe they have the votes to keep
such a provision off of the bill. The environmental threats posed by
the development of the Arctic Refuge prompted American Rivers to list
the wildlife refuge's Canning River as the nation's second most
endangered river in its America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2001
Also last week, behind the scenes negotiations continued over
proposals to alter the hydropower dam relicensing process. State
agencies, Indian tribes and conservationists are seeking to ensure
that any effort to streamline hydropower licensing also strengthens
environmental protections and ensures public participation.
No hearings are scheduled this week. Congress is in recess until
Monday, April 8.
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RIVER CONSERVATION TOOLS
Restoring Riverfronts: A Guide to Selected Federal Funding Sources
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restoration project? Our funding guide can help! Get the full guide
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organizations at http://www.americanrivers.org/jobs/default.htm
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Contact Michael Garrity, Conservation Associate, at 202-347-7550.
Legislative information is obtained from sources including:
Environment and Energy Daily, Greenwire, Congressional Green Sheets,
and members of the American Rivers conservation staff.
To contact American Rivers, email Rebecca Sherman at
outreach at amrivers_org or call 202-347-7550, ext. 3052.
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