Sadly, Congress kills vital sportfishing and boating program

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It wasn’t for lack of action by Washington state’s Senators Cantwell and Murray, but the Land and Water Conservation Fund failed to get reauthorized before a critical deadline.

You may know this program from last month’s Waterlife column (Link to article:http://www.nmta.net/news/waterlife.asp#legreport) . It’s the one that started fifty-years ago and has left a legacy of recreation around Washington, the Great Pacific Northwest and the entire U.S. Here’s last month’s column about this fund that comes from the a small portion of the royalties our federal government collects from oil companies.

NMTA was part of a larger coalition that pushed and pulled for reauthorization. You can bet we will not stop working to get it back on the docket. In the meantime, take a look at how our friends at the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association reflect on this struggle here: http://tinyurl.com/p52kp2q

(Notice the quote and disappointment from Sen. Cantwell: “From Mount Rainier to the San Juan Islands to Colville National Forest, Washington’s great outdoors are important to our economy and our way of life – and the LWCF plays a critical role. I’ve championed this effort on a number of fronts, including a bipartisan effort to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund in the Energy Policy Modernization Act. And, I was joined by 29 Senators to introduce the American Energy Innovation Act that would permanently reauthorize LWCF and ensure it is fully funded. It’s time Congress stops playing politics with our public lands. I will continue to use every opportunity to reauthorize and fully fund this vital program.”)
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