Public land around Yellowstone Park protected from mining, Save the Seas Act signed by President Trump and America's Water Infrastructure Act passed by the US Senate.
Yellowstone Park Protection - Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke signed an administrative order withdrawing over 30,000 acres of public lands from hard-rock mining on Monday, October 8. It ensures that the land will be protected from mining for at least 20 years. Mining could have negatively impacted the
Save the Seas Act - The legislation was signed into law by President Trump on October 11. The bill reauthorizes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program through 2022. The program works to reduce debris through research, prevention and reduction. The Save our Seas legislation authorizes $10 million per year for the next five years. The bill also encourages the executive branch to engage the leaders of countries — located primarily in Asia — that are responsible for much of the sea pollution found around the planet’s oceans.
America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 - This past week in a 99-1 vote, senators sent landmark legislation to President Trump that would expedite restoration efforts in the Everglades. “America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018” also takes important steps to advance nature-based infrastructure solutions—like restoring wetlands and dunes to reduce flood and storm damage—and more.
All three actions will help restore or maintain habitats which is always of interest to our fly fishing community. We have had a great week on the conservation front.