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February 25, 2009

Stimulus Watch: Any Money For Fishing?

By Tim Romano

 

At least once a week I get blast emails from my old man. Typically they're jokes or family happenings, etc... This week I got a link to Stimuluswatch.org.

StimulusWatch.org was built to help the new administration keep its pledge to invest stimulus money smartly, and to hold public officials to account for the taxpayer money they spend. We do this by allowing you, citizens around the country with local knowledge about the proposed "shovel-ready" projects in your city, to find, discuss and rate those projects. These projects are not part of the stimulus bill. They are candidates for funding by federal grant programs once the bill passes. 

My fair state of Colorado had 201 "shovel-ready" projects on tap for a total of almost 2.5 billion dollars. Doubt we'll see half that...  Of those maybe one tenth had to do with water projects and of those maybe one or two dealt with actual stream/lake improvements or rehabilitation to riparian areas.  Bummer.

My question to you: Is there any fish/river/lake conservation projects that you know of in your state that are being funded by the stimulus package?  Better yet, pretend you've got the go ahead on your own "shovel-ready" conservation project near home.  Money is no object. What would you do?

 

TR 

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from Mike Kaptur wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

It's not funded by the stimulus, but the removal of Milltown Dam, removal of heavy metal laden sediment, and restoration of the confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoor Rivers is a perfect example of a job creating, economy boosting project that is phenomenal for the health of the river and migration of native fish. I think the price was budgeted at about 14B, making it the largest EPA Superfund Cleanup ever.

If I could pick any stretch of river to clean up, it would be the headwaters area of the Clark Fork. While the lower Clark still is a great fishery, it lacks the pristine quality of many of it's tributaries. By restoring the banks through revegitation and getting the arsenic and cyanide out of the flood plain, this river could be returned to it's full glory (like the Blackfoot has been over the last decade), and once again be prime spawning territory for the threatened Bull Trout. Also, the towns of Butte, Anaconda, Drummond, Deer Lodge, and others would receive a much needed new source of revenue, other than mining.

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from Sportsman Matt wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

I know the politicians here in Taxachusetts have plans for their cut of the money, none will go to benifit anyone but themselves. I know of several projects that could improve the enviroment here, but the state doesn't want to hear about it, like the time the govenor took all the f&w funds and put it in the general fund for the state. If it wasn't for the Feds stepping in and telling the state that they had to put the money back or loose federal funding, the Dept of F&W would have lost everything.

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from matthew wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

oh i would love to go into the national and state parks here in maryland and give them a good cleaning especialy hunting creek. this creek is a very historical creek because it is one strech of water that is shared by the everyday american and the president of our nation(i doubt he cares to go fishing maybe i should bring extra rods and try to get the gaurds to go fishing with me)

it's also a habitat for one of the last known native brook trout population(i have only caught one and it was no longer than my finger) but over all the water flow needs to be increased and the DNR needs to stop spraying for gyspy moths the helicopters tend to get annoying at 8 am when i am fishing.

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from jamesti wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

i'd start by doing a serious clean up of the local lakes around colorado. the ones in most towns have been trashed and neglected for so long, it's worthless to try to fish them. then i would try to put people to work in things other than just construction. that's not the only area that's losing jobs but the only area obama and his stimulus package seems to be focusing on. i'm not in construction, so i guess i will just wait for jobs to open next year.

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from Love2Hunt wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

O com'on we all know that wildlife is not going to see any of that money. Obama has just released a 3.6 trillion dollar budget. This STIMULUS will not be helping anyone.

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from Love2Hunt wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

O com'on we all know that wildlife is not going to see any of that money. Obama has just released a 3.6 trillion dollar budget. This STIMULUS will not be helping anyone.

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from Mike Kaptur wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

It's not funded by the stimulus, but the removal of Milltown Dam, removal of heavy metal laden sediment, and restoration of the confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoor Rivers is a perfect example of a job creating, economy boosting project that is phenomenal for the health of the river and migration of native fish. I think the price was budgeted at about 14B, making it the largest EPA Superfund Cleanup ever.

If I could pick any stretch of river to clean up, it would be the headwaters area of the Clark Fork. While the lower Clark still is a great fishery, it lacks the pristine quality of many of it's tributaries. By restoring the banks through revegitation and getting the arsenic and cyanide out of the flood plain, this river could be returned to it's full glory (like the Blackfoot has been over the last decade), and once again be prime spawning territory for the threatened Bull Trout. Also, the towns of Butte, Anaconda, Drummond, Deer Lodge, and others would receive a much needed new source of revenue, other than mining.

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from matthew wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

oh i would love to go into the national and state parks here in maryland and give them a good cleaning especialy hunting creek. this creek is a very historical creek because it is one strech of water that is shared by the everyday american and the president of our nation(i doubt he cares to go fishing maybe i should bring extra rods and try to get the gaurds to go fishing with me)

it's also a habitat for one of the last known native brook trout population(i have only caught one and it was no longer than my finger) but over all the water flow needs to be increased and the DNR needs to stop spraying for gyspy moths the helicopters tend to get annoying at 8 am when i am fishing.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from jamesti wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

i'd start by doing a serious clean up of the local lakes around colorado. the ones in most towns have been trashed and neglected for so long, it's worthless to try to fish them. then i would try to put people to work in things other than just construction. that's not the only area that's losing jobs but the only area obama and his stimulus package seems to be focusing on. i'm not in construction, so i guess i will just wait for jobs to open next year.

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from Sportsman Matt wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

I know the politicians here in Taxachusetts have plans for their cut of the money, none will go to benifit anyone but themselves. I know of several projects that could improve the enviroment here, but the state doesn't want to hear about it, like the time the govenor took all the f&w funds and put it in the general fund for the state. If it wasn't for the Feds stepping in and telling the state that they had to put the money back or loose federal funding, the Dept of F&W would have lost everything.

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