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Issue Update: ONSR state takeover no longer in budget

Posted in: Legistlative Alerts, News- Apr 10, 2014 No Comments

Last month, we sent an issue alert concerning proposed legislation that would affect future management of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. We asked you to voice your opinion, and now the issue is resolved. Thank you for your input. 

The Senate Appropriations Committee stripped the $6 million appropriation for a state takeover of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways from the fiscal year 2015 budget. Senators and Representatives voiced various concerns over the bill. Read the full article by Alex Stuckey on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

We have previously written about the proposed budget and an update on the House vote and move to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Other, active bills related to the ONSR include:

  • SCR 22, which urges the National Park Service to not take action on the Ozark National Scenic Riverways general management plan, and for the Department of the Interior to negotiate the return of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways to the state. It passed the Senate on February 20 and referred to the House Committee on Tourism and Natural Resources on April 1.
  • HB 2294, which provides for the sale of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways to certain private parties in the event the United States Secretary of the Interior conveys such property to the state. This bill is sponsored by Jeff Pogue and was introduced April 1 and read a second time April 2.
  • HCR 9, which strongly urges the National Park Service to draft its final General Management Plan for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways to recognize the importance the riverways provides to the state.

-1One goal of the Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition is to encourage advocacy among the Stream Team Community. One way we do this is by sending out Issue Alerts that will give your Team the opportunity to voice an opinion regarding issues related to protection of our water resources.