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Senate staffers involved with changes to ESA visit Basin
October 11, 2005
Three U.S. Senate staffers
visited the Klamath Basin Sunday and Monday to get
an on-the-ground understanding of the local impact
of the Environmental Species Act.
A bill that would overhaul
the law passed the U.S. House late last month and
is now being reviewed by a Senate subcommittee
chaired by Chafee.
In July, Chafee was honored with a framed photo of an endangered species from Rhode Island by wildlife advocates from around the nation, according to a press release on his Web site.
”The ESA is perhaps the most powerful and
significant environmental legislation ever enacted
in the U.S.,“ the press release says. ”Since 1973,
it has been a safety net working to prevent the
extinction of many endangered species, including
the bald eagle, California condor and the gray
Greg Addington, executive
director for the Klamath Water Users Association,
said legislation aimed at changing environmental
policy historically has a tougher battle in the
”This thing is not
recovering species,“ Addington said.
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