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Pombo expects approval of species act revision
Published Thursday, Sep 1, 2005
STOCKTON — U.S. Rep. Richard Pombo, the Tracy
Republican who chairs the House Resources
Committee, said Wednesday that he expects the
House to pass his far-reaching rewrite of the
Endangered Species Act as soon as next month.
Pombo said he and key Democrats agree on about 90
percent of the language in the bill, which will
likely be sponsored by a Democrat.
Pombo made the comments during a meeting Wednesday
with Record editors.
The bill would change how the federal government
designates “critical habitat” of rare plants and
animals. Under the Pombo proposal, a federal
agency first would have to come up with a plan to
pull the rare species back from extinction. That
plan would then declare where the critical habitat
Currently, habitat is designated before biologists
come up with a recovery plan, a system that Pombo
and other critics have said doesn’t make sense.
Pombo’s proposal also would reimburse private
landowners for any restrictions that may be placed
on their land after it is designated as critical
habitat. Under the present system, landowners are
usually asked to voluntarily comply with effort to
protect species on their land.
The committee chairman also said he hopes to hold
hearings later this autumn over the recent crash
of some Delta fish populations.
Biologists so far don’t agree on what has caused
the rapid decline of Delta smelt, shad and striped
Pombo said he hopes to have those congressional
hearings in the Delta area instead of Washington.
Pombo also questioned the success of CALFED, the
joint state-federal program that aimed to restore
the Delta’s ecosystem while ensuring reliable
water exports from the Delta. Hundreds of millions
of dollars have been spent on environmental
restoration, so Pombo asked why would the fish be
“Even the biologists can’t figure it out. I’d like
to know where all the money went,” he said.
“It makes sense. That’s the goal of the law — to
recover species,” he said.
Thursday May 07, 2009 09:15 AM Pacific
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