Watershed Withdraw is Good News for West

Seeking to quell a public backlash, the U.S. Department of the Interior dropped the White River [Watershed National Blueway designation] on Wednesday from a new federal program that recognizes conservation and recreation efforts along waterways.”   
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) issued this response:
“The Obama Administration’s attempt to establish a new federal designation without the approval of Congress or public input is absolutely unacceptable.  The stakeholders and community members deserve more transparency from their government.  I’m pleased the Obama Administration has withdrawn this designation.”

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-Ark.) issued this response:
“We all agree that we should work to protect our waterways, but a new federal Blueway program is not necessary to improve the cooperation of federal and state agencies on the management of the White River.  This designation occurred without a formal process – no public comment, lack of transparency from the federal government, and without the broad support of Arkansans.  We are happy to see that Secretary Jewell reviewed the program and heard the concerns of our citizens.”

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