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Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act

     Advocates alert from Capitol Hill!
     Your help is needed in getting attention from committee staff on a 
     piece of legislation critical to efforts for the restoration of fish 
     and wildlife habitat on the Great Lakes.
     The Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Resortation Act (S. 659/H.R. 1481) 
     was introduced on April 17, 1997 by Senator John Glenn and Rep. Steve 
     LaTourette.  The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on 
     Environment and Public Works and to the House Committee on Resources.  
     Neither committee has taken any action on this legislation.  One of 
     these two committees must hold a hearing and markup before further 
     action can be taken on this legislation.  
     The Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (of 1997) 
     reauthorizes and amends the 1990 Act to put into effect the 
     recommendations of the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Resources 
     Restoration Study.  The Act reauthorizes the existing Fishery 
     Resources Offices and Great Lakes Coordination Office of the Fish and 
     Wildlife Service.  These offices are essential for intra- and 
     inter-agaency coordination of activities for management of the Great 
     Lakes Ecosystem.  The Act also creates a new grant process by which 
     the Fish and Wildlife Service can provide funds (through a proposal 
     review process acting under the existing Council of Lake Committees) 
     to states, tribes and other interested entities for projects 
     consistent with the goal of restoration of fish and wildlife 
     populations in the Great Lakes.  This bill is the result of several 
     years of negotiations, is considered non-controversial and has the 
     endorsement of all involved Federal agencies and most State DNR/DEC's 
     (those which have not formally endorsed the legislation have agreed 
     not to oppose it).
     Please write to your Senators and Represenatatives asking that (1) 
     they cosponsor this important legislation and (2) they contact the 
     Committee Chairmen requesting an immediate hearing on this critical 
     Current cosponsors:
     Senate: Glenn (D-OH), Levin (D-MI), Kohl (D-WI), Moseley-Braun (D-IL), 
     Moynihan (D-NY), DeWine (R-OH), Specter (R-PA)
     House: LaTourette (R-OH), Oberstar (D-MN), Ehlers (R-MI), Dingell 
     (D-MI), English (R-PA), Stupak (D-MI), Davis (D-IL), Rivers (D-MI), 
     Kaptur (D-OH), Brown (D-OH), Quinn (R-NY), Barcia (D-MI), Kildee 
     (D-MI), Oxley (R-OH), Evans (D-IL), Weller (R-IL), Kucinich (D-OH), 
     Johnson (D-WI), LaFalce (D-NY), Bonior (D-MI), Walsh (R-NY), Gutierrez 
     (D-IL), Gillmor (R-OH), Gilchrest (R-MD)
     Committees of Jurisdiction:
     Senate Environment and Public Works: Chafee (R-RI - Chair), Baucus 
     (D-MT - Ranking Member), Moynihan (D-NY - Only Great Lakes member)
     House Resources Committee: Young (R-AK - Chair), Miller (D-CA - 
     Ranking Member), Gilchrest (R-MD - Bill Cosponsor), Cremeans (R-OH - 
     Great Lakes region, not a cosponsor), Vento (D-MN - Great Lakes 
     region, not a cosponsor), Kildee (D-MI - Bill Cosponsor), Hinchey 
     (D-NY - Great Lakes region, not a cosponsor)
     Copis of the bills, bill summaries, fact sheets, etc. are available 
     Rochelle Sturtevant
     Coordinator Senate Great Lakes Task Force
     Office of Senator John Glenn
     503 Hart Senate Building
     Washington, DC 20510
     Sean Peppard
     Office of Representative LaTourette
     1239 Longworth House Office Building
     Washington, DC 20515