Natural Resources and the Environment

Herrera Beutler Calls on Biden Administration to Protect Rural Communities and Northern Spotted Owl from Wildfire

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Today, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), along with 8 U.S. House colleagues, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Interior urging immediate implementation of a federal rule previously published on January 15, 2021, revising the designation of the critical habitat of the Northern Spotted Owl (NSO). The rule was delayed by the Biden Administration on March 1, preventing it from going i...

Southwest Washington Congressional Delegation Urge Federal Funding of Cowlitz River Sediment Management

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Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler and U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell today urged the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the United States Department of the Army to include funding in the fiscal year 2022 budget for sediment monitoring activities for the Mount St. Helens Sediment Control account. Yearly sediment monitoring work is necessary to ensure Cowlitz County communiti...

Herrera Beutler, Murray, Cantwell Press to Restore Funds for Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Community Center

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Today, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler and U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) pressing the agency to include funding in the fiscal year 2022 budget for the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Community and Nature Center. The USFWS fiscal year 2020 budget included funding for the Refuge construction project – yet the followi...

Jaime Herrera Beutler Named “Friend of Farm Bureau”

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Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) today announced she has earned the “Friend of Farm Bureau” award for her steadfast support of Southwest Washington’s farmers and ranchers in Congress. Herrera Beutler received an official notice from the American Farm Bureau that she received this distinction. The Friend of Farm Bureau award is given to members of Congress who have supported farm-friendl...

Jaime Herrera Beutler Secures Federal Funding for Cowlitz River Sediment Management

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Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler announced today that she’s secured $870,000 in federal funding for sediment monitoring and predesign work for the sediment retention structure (SRS) on the Lower Cowlitz River. With Herrera Beutler’s steady advocation and support for the sediment management program, federal dollars have now been allocated to allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to cond...

NOAA Gives Go-Ahead to Implement Herrera Beutler’s Sea Lion Removal Law

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Jaime Herrera Beutler hailed an announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today that it had granted final authorization of lethal sea lion removal in the Columbia River, made possible by Herrera Beutler’s bipartisan legislation signed into law in 2018. “Today marks an important milestone in the bipartisan effort I’ve led to protect our endangered salmon and steelhe...

Jaime Herrera Beutler Presses for Federal Assistance with Cowlitz River Sediment Management Plan

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Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler has formally pressed the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) request to reprogram funding for sediment monitoring and predesign work for the sediment retention structure (SRS) on the Lower Cowlitz River. Sediment monitoring of the Lower Cowlitz River provides vital information of the sediment retention struc...

Herrera Beutler, Newhouse, McMorris Rodgers React to Final EIS for Columbia River System Operations

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Today, Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Dan Newhouse, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers released the following statement after the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was released for the Columbia River System Operations. “Our constituents understand the important role the Federal Columbia River Power System plays for our way-of-life – in fact, we have always said that our rivers and the benefits they...

NOAA Responds to Herrera Beutler: Goal of Fall 2020 for Expanded Sea Lion Removal

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Yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) stated that it anticipates that applications for sea lion removal, made possible by Herrera Beutler’s successful legislation, will reach a determination by fall 2020. Responding to Herrera Beutler’s formal request to anticipate and avoid delays in its approval process of applications for expanded sea lion removal in the Columbia...

Jaime Herrera Beutler Urges Quick Reopening of Forest Service Recreation Access Points in Gorge, Gifford Pinchot

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Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler yesterday formally urged the U.S. Forest Service to quickly restore public access to its sites within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Gifford Pinchot National Forest recreation areas. In her letter, she emphasized the need to both rely on proper social distancing guidelines but to avoid weeks of delay in reopening. The full text of the letter f...