ABSTRACT

To Consider Federal Mitigation Requirements and Interagency Coordination Related to Economic Development on Federal, State, and Private Lands, Joint Field Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, August 17, 2015   [open pdf - 5MB]

This is from the August 17, 2015 hearing, "To Consider Federal Mitigation Requirements and Interagency Coordination Related to Economic Development on Federal, State, and Private Lands," held before the Senate Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and WIldlife of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. From the opening statement of Lisa Murkowski: "Specifically, our focus will be today on the Bureau of Land Management's policies for mitigation and land use and Army Corps of Engineers and EPA's regulation of water and wetlands and related mitigation issues. We here in Alaska are keenly aware of the challenges that current regulatory practices impose. We've heard the statistics before. And you'll hear them a lot today. But approximately 43 percent of our State is categorized as wetlands. And that does not include the lakes and the streams and the rivers and the adjacent waters to them. The BLM also manages 72 million acres of Alaska's land and in many ways, given the reach of its regulations and its ownership of lands in our State, the Federal Government, is in many ways sort of a gatekeeper and a landlord here in Alaska. So how the Federal Government chooses to approach those rules has a big impact on our daily lives and our ability to grow as a State. But right now there's a lot to be desired. In some instances we are being held back by ill designed, ill fitted or ill applied policies. It's estimated that the acreage of wetlands in the lower 48 has halved over the last 200 years. While here in Alaska, over the same period of time, we've lost only one-tenth of 1 percent of our wetland acreage." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ed Fogles, Randolph Brand, Deantha Crockett, Joseph Nukapigak, Theresa Clark, Phil Shepard, Ted Murphy, Dave Hobbie, and Mary Anne Thiesing.

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S. Hrg. 114-73; Senate Hearing 114-73
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2015
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