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Species act hearing first in
When members of the U.S.
House Resources Committee meet in Klamath Falls next
month, they will kick off a series of hearings
focused on reforming the Endangered Species Act,
Rep. Greg Walden says.
He said the Klamath Falls
hearing will focus on what is working and what is
not with the 30-year old act. He said he proposed a
hearing in Klamath Falls because of the impact of
the Endangered Species Act, which protects suckers
in Upper Klamath Lake and coho salmon in the Klamath
River, and the water shutoff of 2001.
Titled, "The Endangered
Species Act 30 Years Later: The Klamath Project,"
the hearing is set for 9 a.m. July 17 in Klamath
Falls. The location and the list of witnesses the
committee is inviting is expected to be announced
Other places and issues
visited in the past several years include San Diego
and sand dune recreation and New Mexico and the
silvery minnow, an endangered species in the middle
of a water use battle.
Over the 30 years of the
ESA, Walden said, many have set out to change the
law, but failed because they tried to change all of
the act at once and didn't focus on specific
On April 28, Rep. Richard
Pombo of California, the chair of the committee who
will most likely lead the July hearing, marked the
30th anniversary of the ESA by saying it is more
clear than ever that it has failed.
The 2001 hearing in
Klamath Falls sparked a call from lawmakers for peer
review of the science that supports the ESA and the
decisions that result from it.
The act has failed to do
this, says Pombo, a California Republican who
represents San Joaquin County an parts of Almeda,
Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties and has been
on a crusade to reform the ESA for almost a decade.
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