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HB 77 a danger to fisheries

Posted: December 18, 2013 - 8:38am

Protecting Alaska’s and the world’s greatest salmon and trout streams binds Alaskans together, whether we commercial, sport or subsistence fish. The Governor’s bill to allow millions of gallons of water to be taken out of our best fishing waters, HB 77, is finally getting deserved attention.

The bill leaves the Governor’s Natural Resources Commissioner to decide to take unsustainable amounts of water out of fishing streams in favor of a new class of dangerous mines like the Pebble strip mine, and the Canadian Chuitna Mine which would dredge 11 miles of salmon stream they say they’ll “replace” in 30 years.

I, my Democratic Caucus, and a handful of Republicans like Paul Seaton and Alan Austerman voted against the bill, but were outnumbered by the Governor’s allies.

We proposed rules requiring needed amounts of water to be left in our fishing waters. Other measures are also needed before the Senate acts. The Governor’s allies have already allowed more cruise ship waste to be dumped in fishing waters. HB 77 adds more damage to our fisheries and economy.

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HB 77

HB 77
Land Use/ Disp/ Exchanges; Water Rights
Sponsored by the House Rules Committee by Request of the Governor

“An Act relating to the Alaska Land Act, including certain authorizations, contracts, leases, permits, or other disposals of state land, resources, property, or interests; relating to authorization for the use of state land by general permit; relating to exchange of state land; establishing that performance of a feasibility study for the development and operation of a hydroelectric site at Chikuminuk Lake is not considered an incompatible use of the Wood-Tikchik State Park; relating to procedures for certain administrative appeals and requests for reconsideration to the commissioner of natural resources; relating to the Alaska Water Use Act; and providing for an effective date.”
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Archive 00 SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO.

See the complete HB 77 at -- http://housemajority.org/spon.php?id=28hb77

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