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Natural Resources Committee Letters

October 25, 2017

Wildfire Suppression Funding

Letter (from NGA Chair Governor Sandoval, NGA Vice Chair Governor Bullock, Natural Resources Committee Chair Governor Mead and Natural Resources Committee Vice Chair Governor Brown) to House and Senate leadership urging congressional action this year to enact comprehensive budgetary reforms that address wildfire suppression needs.


May 18, 2017

Vessel Incidental Discharge

Letter (from Governor Brown and Governor Mead) to Senate leadership and Senate Commerce Committee leadership expressing state preemption concerns and requesting that any statutory changes be developed in partnership, and respect state’s role in protecting water quality.


May 17, 2017

Farm Bill Reauthorization

Letter (from the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures and National Association of State Departments of Agriculture) to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to prioritize reauthorization of the Farm Bill and outlining states’ priorities.


April 10, 2017

Endangered Species Act

Letter (from Governor Brown and Governor Mead) to the Senate Environment and Public Works and House Natural Resources Committees on the need for continued input from the states before legislation is introduce altering the Endangered Species Act.


November 14, 2016

WRDA Reauthorization

Letter from NGA Executive Director and CEO Scott Pattison and National Conference of State Legislatures Executive Director William Pound that encourages Congress to pass a final, bipartisan Water Resources Development Act reauthorization to be signed into law by the President.


September 15, 2016

WRDA Reauthorization

Letter (from Governor Brown and Governor Mead) applauding the Senate for passing the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 and encouraging the House to pass its own version of WRDA reauthorization as soon as possible.


June 22, 2016

Wildfire Suppression Funding

Letter (from Governor Mead and Governor Brown) to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee leadership urging Congress to enact budgetary reforms that address wildfire suppression needs.


February 12, 2016

TSCA Reform

Letter from NGA Executive Director and CEO Scott Pattison, as well as the executive directors of the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Environmental Council of the States and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, to congressional leadership urging Congress in any final Toxic Substance Control Act reform legislation to maintain state ability to regulate harmful chemicals in the absence of a final decision from the EPA. 


November 30, 2015

Fire Borrowing

Letter (from Governor Mead and Governor Brown) to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to reform the current federal wildfire suppression funding formula to ensure sufficient resources are dedicated and available for wildfire suppression activities, as the practice of using 10-year average suppression costs for budgeting no longer provides accurate funding estimates for wildfire suppression activities.


November 17, 2015

Land and Water Conservation Fund Reauthorization

Letter (from Governor Mead and Governor Brown) to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Murkowski, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Cantwell, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Bishop and House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Grijalva urging Congress to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), while retaining federal programs that are important to states and providing the necessary funding certainty and stability for the LWCF State Assistance grant program.