From Trout Unlimited: "HB 77 Undermines Fishing & Hunting".
Sounded worth checking out. Reading through the language in the house bill (http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/g...ber=H&jrn=0072), I take it the term "streamlining" refers to a new way to exclude individuals who might have a vested interest or concern which differs from the State's interest?
That seems to be what Rep Seaton is alluding to (http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-...ing-in-Juneau/) in this excerpt:
• Gives the commissioner authority to issue more than one water-use permit for a project and more flexibility in issuing the permits.
• Reserves the rights to apply for in-stream water flow reservations to agencies and municipalities, and eliminates the ability of private or non-government entities to apply for the water reservations.
• Reserves the right to file appeals of state Best Interest Findings to those who have an interest or will be harmed by a proposed action, and to file other types of appeals.
The water reservation exclusion of private parties has caused the most criticism of the bills to date. One of the two successful amendments in the House Resources Committee, offered by Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, gives 35 people with pending water reservation applications one year from the bill’s passage to pick a qualified entity to continue their request. Several of the pending applications could impact plans for development of the Pebble mine project.
Seaton warned that bill could also prompt new “extended jurisdiction” claims by federal agencies in response to Native tribes seeking protection of subsistence resources.
Seaton said not allowing Native organizations to apply for water reservations to protect subsistence fisheries could force them to seek the same protection under more favorable federal laws.
“The State of Alaska would almost be requesting federal overreach in areas where we currently manage waters for the state,” Seaton warned.
Read more: http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-...#ixzz2PM4TEE17
Public comment on HB 77: Opportunity for Anchorage public comment tomorrow, Wed, April 3rd from 9AM