The Western Governors’ Association unanimously approved a reform resolution this week detailing how the Endangered Species Act (ESA) should be amended to provide clearer recovery goals for listed species and bolster the role of state/local governments in species conservation and ESA implementation.

Today the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on a package of Western water bills, demonstrating that Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski [R-AK] is still dedicated to identifying potential solutions to the ongoing drought crisis.

The group of bills heard by the Water and Power Subcommittee includes the revised California water legislation introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein [D-CA] in February, as well as bills introduced by Senators Cory Gardner [R-CO], Harry Reid [D-NV] and Jeff Flake [R-AZ].

Jeff Janas

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