National and Regional Fishing Organizations Oppose H.R. 23

Dear Representative

On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we are writing to urge you to oppose H.R. 23, The Gaining Responsibility on Water Act of 2017 (Valadao), a bill to preempt State law and weaken or eliminate protections for California’s rivers, salmon fishery, and Bay-Delta estuary.

This legislation, which is similar to H.R. 1837 of 2012 and more recently H.R. 3946, would dramatically weaken or eliminate federal laws protecting salmon and other native fish in California, which provide for thousands of fishing related jobs in California and Oregon and protect water quality for Delta farmers. It would explicitly preempt state water law and water rights, overturning more than a century of precedent under the 1902 Reclamation Act. As such, H.R. 23 establishes a dangerous precedent of federal usurpation of state rights. It also directs the United States to breach its obligations under a court-approved settlement to restore the San Joaquin River

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2017.7.11.PCFFA GGSA ASA CalTrout.Oppose HR 23