Western Governors support Outdoor Recreation Act provisions regarding management of aquatic nuisance species on federal lands

Western Governors commended the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for including language in the Outdoor Recreation Act that would enable more effective management of aquatic nuisance species. The letter of Feb. 7, signed by WGA Chair, Idaho Gov. Brad Little, and WGA Vice-Chair, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, emphasized that federal agencies should be vested with the authority to manage watercraft upon their departure from infested waterbodies under federal jurisdiction. “Western Governors believe that to adequately protect the West from the migration of aquatic invasive species, federal agencies must be able to act as full partners in invasive species containment efforts and must have the funding and authorities necessary to contain invasive species within lands and waters under their jurisdiction,” the letter read. Read, download the letter to see the full set of recommendations. 

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