AZTU-PPC, as well as TU National are actively engaged in developing a collaborative plan for how we should manage Apache Trout if the US Fish and Wildlife Service decides to delist the Apache Trout because the recovery objectives have been met. Stay tuned for more as this evolves!
The 2021 Arizona legislature has concluded. Here is a summary of the bills we influenced, led by Nate Rees:
This bill allows in-stream water right holders to not pump their allocated amount and still retain their water rights permit. Good for riparian area, wildlife and downstream users.
This bill dedicates 5 million to the Arizona Heritage Fund, these funds are spent on improving parks, trails and preserving historical sites.
This bill would take away the Arizona Corporation Commissions authority to regulate utility companies on how electricity is produced, e.g. Solar, hydro, wind etc.
If a private land owner wanted to sell their land to a branch of the federal government (Forest Service, BLM, Fish and Wildlife) it would first have to be approved by a Arizona state legislative committee.
This bill gives logging companies a tax credit based on the amount of slash/ biomass that is removed from the forest.
This bill funds the forest thinning on state lands and addresses invasive plant removal like Tamarisk.
This bill puts a state water quality protection on perennial streams. This is a second layer of protection from the federal Clean Water Act.
Would give counties and cities outside of a AMA the ability to monitoring ground water pumping.
A resolution that would outline the states support for proper forest management. And how important forest restoration is to the watersheds that supply the Phoenix valley.
A resolution that outlines the importance of public lands and outdoor recreation to the states economy.
In the NPS’s efforts to protect the native humpbacked chub, they are offering a $25 bounty on each brown trout over 6 inches caught in the Lee’s Ferry section of the Colorado River. While AZ Trout Unlimited is committed to catch and release, we view this as a less threatening option to repeated electro-shocking to remove the brown trout. Click HERE for additional information.
We encourage our members to participate in this program.
The Public Policy Committee conducted our second annual Strategy Summit and focused our attention on collaboratively developing our Action Plans around three major themes: clean water, catchable native and wild trout in Arizona, and organizational enablement.
Every second Tuesday of the month
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Contact Tom Osterday at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to attend