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house Bill H.R. 925

Should the North American Wetlands Conservation Act be Reauthorized Through FY2024?

Argument in favor

The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) is an important, cost-effective source of support and funding for conservation efforts that keep wetlands healthy. It should be reauthorized to ensure that the grants it funds remain available.

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11/20/2019
We must preserve our natural resources. Wetlands have a huge effect on the ecosystem and we’ve despoiled to much already.
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11/21/2019
YES. The science proves it’s vitally necessary to protect our groundwater. Stop doing your donors bidding and putting profits before people!
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11/29/2019
It's a good bill and clarifies minimum funding in
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Argument opposed

There’s no need to reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) — despite its authorization lapsing in 2012, it’s still been funded on an annual basis each year. With this in mind, Congress can keep reauthorizing NAWCA funding each year and re-assessing NAWCA each time.

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11/20/2019
Continue to reassess annually and reauthorize as soon as a budget is passed to ensure there are funds allocated in a passed budget.
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11/20/2019
Why is taxpayer money going to preserve wetlands in Canada and Mexico?!
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11/20/2019
While the Conservation of Wetlands is an important & a Good thing... PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY IT COSTS $48 MILLION DOLLARS Per YEAR, Not Per Decade, to Accomplish?? Are You Growing, Irrigating, & Fertilizing your MONEY TREE PLANTATION next to these Wetlands? Time to RE-EVALUATE, and INVESTIGATE WHO is Getting THESE “CONSERVATION GRANT CONTRACTS”!! Conservation of Bank Accounts💵💰💸 seem the Net Gain winner, NOT Environment! WAY TOO MUCH MONEY SPENT & MADE in NAME of HELPING Environment!! As we know...Many people will Blindly Vote YEAH to ANYTHING including the Word “Environment” without looking at THE COST, or thinking about Loss of money to fund potentially more Important Causes....JUST to be Environmentally Friendly & POLITICALLY CORRECT!! This HUGE AMOUNT of Money COULD & SHOULD BE USED to fund a number of Other Environment Conservation Grants in a more Cost Efficient manner! Must PUT A Much LOWER CAP on Money going to these PROJECTS! Even half the amount ($24 MILLION DOLLARS/YEAR) seems WAY TOO MUCH!! WHAT EXACTLY ARE THEY DOING for the EXORBITANT SUM of $48 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR??? I want, no NEED TO KNOW...So I can switch Careers! Start Holding these Contractors Accountable For EXCESSIVE Expenditures and FEES! Also, Please look into WHO is SELECTING THE CONTRACTORS! Who IN Government is PROFITING OFF our Essential and SUBSTANTIAL CONSERVATION EFFORTS??
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      house Committees
      Water, Oceans, and Wildlife
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 30th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 925?

This bill — the North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act — would reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) through FY2024. Under NAWCA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) awards competitive grants to conserve wetlands in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico in two cycles a year. NAWCA’s previous authorization expired at the end of FY2012, but appropriators have continued to fund it on an annual basis. Most recently, it received $42 million for FY2019.

Impact

Wetlands; wetlands conservation; North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA); North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants; and reauthorization of North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).

Cost of House Bill H.R. 925

$195.00 Million
The CBO estimates that this bill would cost $195 million over the 2020-2024 period, and $105 million after 2024.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress to reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA)
“Our nation’s wetlands contain some of our most beautiful spaces and habitats that are home to a variety of diverse species. Conserving those wetlands is also a critical part of preventing future storm damage and soil erosion. That’s why I am honored to reintroduce the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, a bill that funds conservation and mitigation projects at wetlands across our nation. We know that this works, in fact it’s one of our most cost-effective conservation projects. Since 1991, outside partners have invested more than $3 billion to match federal investments of $1.5 billion, well-exceeding match requirements. These investments create local jobs and boost local economies and I am proud to be fighting to ensure this program gets the funding it needs from Congress.”

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), sponsor of this bill’s Senate companion, says

“From sandhill cranes to ducks like pintails and mallards, wetlands are critical for providing habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife. As a member of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, I am proud to help approve NAWCA grants, and I have been impressed by the program’s demonstrated success in leveraging partnerships to restore essential habitat—including the Middle Rio Grande in New Mexico. NAWCA also supports our thriving multi-billion dollar outdoor recreation economy. We must build on this conservation success to ensure our kids and grandkids will be able to hunt, fish, and enjoy our wildlife.”

Ducks Unlimited supports this bill. Its president, Rogers Hoyt, says: 

“For more than 30 years, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act has been a proven, cost-effective program for conserving our nation’s vital wetland and waterfowl habitat. The introduction of this bill is a strong first step to ensure the next generation of Americans, especially waterfowl hunters, have access to the same natural resources we enjoy today.”

This legislation passed the House Committee on Natural Resources by a 26-9 roll call vote with the support of 34 bipartisan House cosponsors, including 22 Democrats and 12 Republicans. Its Senate companion, sponsored by Sen. Martin Henrich (D-NM), has 39 bipartisan Senate cosponsors, including 20 Republicans, 18 Democrats, and one Independent.  

Last Congress, this legislation was sponsored by Rep. Robert Wittman (R-VA) with the support of seven Democratic House cosponsors and didn’t receive a committee vote. There wasn’t a Senate companion in the 115th Congress.


Of NoteCongress passed NAWCA in 1989 to support the protection, restoration, and enhancement of waterfowl habitat as outlined in the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP). NAWMP was signed by the U.S. and Canada in 1986, and by Mexico in 1994, in response to broadly declining waterfowl populations. It provides grant funding for wetland conservation projects throughout all three countries.

In its committee report, the House Committee on Natural Resources observes that NAWCA is “one of the most cost-effective conservation programs,” with each federal dollar invested in it over the program’s lifetime being matched by more than three dollars from non-federal partners at the state and local level (these include corporations, private landowners, and nonprofits).

In total, nearly 3,000 NAWCA projects have contributed to the conservation and restoration of nearly 30 million acres of habitat across North America. The wetlands protected and conserved under NAWCA support ecological health and biodiversity and provide opportunities for Americans to bird-watch, hunt, fish, hike, farm, and ranch.

Conserving wetlands is important for flood containment, prevention of soil erosion, and water quality improvement


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

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North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act

Official Title

To extend the authorization of appropriations for allocation to carry out approved wetlands conservation projects under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act through fiscal year 2024.

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    We must preserve our natural resources. Wetlands have a huge effect on the ecosystem and we’ve despoiled to much already.
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    YEA !!! ABSOLUTELY !!
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    Continue to reassess annually and reauthorize as soon as a budget is passed to ensure there are funds allocated in a passed budget.
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    Fund the government
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    YES. The science proves it’s vitally necessary to protect our groundwater. Stop doing your donors bidding and putting profits before people!
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    $195 million to conserve what nature does naturally. I don't think so. Let's start trimming the fat.
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    Yes. Let there be some part of the environment that is safe from rape by trump.
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    Why is taxpayer money going to preserve wetlands in Canada and Mexico?!
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    While the Conservation of Wetlands is an important & a Good thing... PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY IT COSTS $48 MILLION DOLLARS Per YEAR, Not Per Decade, to Accomplish?? Are You Growing, Irrigating, & Fertilizing your MONEY TREE PLANTATION next to these Wetlands? Time to RE-EVALUATE, and INVESTIGATE WHO is Getting THESE “CONSERVATION GRANT CONTRACTS”!! Conservation of Bank Accounts💵💰💸 seem the Net Gain winner, NOT Environment! WAY TOO MUCH MONEY SPENT & MADE in NAME of HELPING Environment!! As we know...Many people will Blindly Vote YEAH to ANYTHING including the Word “Environment” without looking at THE COST, or thinking about Loss of money to fund potentially more Important Causes....JUST to be Environmentally Friendly & POLITICALLY CORRECT!! This HUGE AMOUNT of Money COULD & SHOULD BE USED to fund a number of Other Environment Conservation Grants in a more Cost Efficient manner! Must PUT A Much LOWER CAP on Money going to these PROJECTS! Even half the amount ($24 MILLION DOLLARS/YEAR) seems WAY TOO MUCH!! WHAT EXACTLY ARE THEY DOING for the EXORBITANT SUM of $48 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR??? I want, no NEED TO KNOW...So I can switch Careers! Start Holding these Contractors Accountable For EXCESSIVE Expenditures and FEES! Also, Please look into WHO is SELECTING THE CONTRACTORS! Who IN Government is PROFITING OFF our Essential and SUBSTANTIAL CONSERVATION EFFORTS??
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    It's a good bill and clarifies minimum funding in
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