Thomp­son co-au­thors con­ser­va­tion bill

Wet­lands Ex­ten­sion Act passes House

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - LOCAL NEWS - Times-Her­ald staff re­port

Rep. Mike Thomp­son, D. St. He­lena, and Rep. Rob Wittman (VA-01) an­nounced Wed­nes­day that their bill — H.R. 925 — the North Amer­i­can Wet­lands Con­ser­va­tion Ex­ten­sion Act (NAWCA) has passed the House and is ready for con­sid­er­a­tion in the Se­nate.

This bi­par­ti­san bill au­tho­rizes $60 mil­lion each year for habi­tat restora­tion and con­ser­va­tion projects na­tion-wide.

“Across our na­tion, wet­lands are home to some of our most beau­ti­ful open spa­ces and an in­cred­i­ble va­ri­ety of species and it’s crit­i­cal to pre­serve these habi­tats. That’s why today I was proud to see the House pass my bill to reau­tho­rize the North Amer­i­can Wet­lands Con­ser­va­tion Act, a bill to con­serve our wet­lands, which will in turn safe­guard our wa­ter sup­plies and pro­tect against flood­ing,” said Thomp­son. “We know that NAWCA in­vest­ments work — over the past 30 years, $1.6 bil­lion in Fed­eral fund­ing has been matched three to one. This in­vest­ment has con­served nearly 30 mil­lion acres, which is a tremen­dous eco­log­i­cal and eco­nomic ben­e­fit for ev­ery­one. I will con­tinue fight­ing to en­sure this bill passes the Se­nate and be­comes law.”

The North Amer­i­can Wet­lands Con­ser­va­tion Act works to re­duce wet­lands dis­ap­pear­ance by lever­ag­ing fed­eral in­vest­ment to raise con­tri­bu­tions from pri­vate or­ga­ni­za­tions, landown­ers, businesses, and state and lo­cal gov­ern­ments that sup­port con­ser­va­tion grants.

Lands pro­tected un­der NAWCA of­fer hunt­ing, fish­ing, farming and other eco­nomic and recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties in which over 100 mil­lion Amer­i­cans par­tic­i­pated and spent over $150 bil­lion in 2016 alone.

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