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H.R. 4582 (114th): SOS Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 28, 2016 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 499

114th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4582

[Report No. 114–647]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 23, 2016

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

June 28, 2016

Additional sponsors: Mr. Garamendi, Mr. Costa, Mr. McClintock, Mr. LaMalfa, and Mr. Lowenthal

June 28, 2016

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on February 23, 2016


A BILL

To exclude striped bass from the anadromous fish doubling requirement in section 3406(b)(1) of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, and for other purposes.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Save Our Salmon Act or the SOS Act.

2.

Legislative findings

Congress finds the following:

(1)

California is home to many populations of native salmon and steelhead.

(2)

Many of the native salmon and steelhead populations in California are listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

(3)

The Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) required a doubling of natural production of Central Valley populations of anadromous fish within 10 years.

(4)

Striped bass are anadromous fish indigenous to the East Coast of the United States and are not native to the State of California.

(5)

Striped bass were included in the CVPIA’s fish doubling goal even though they are not a native species.

(6)

Striped bass prey on native salmon and steelhead.

(7)

Predation poses a serious threat to federally protected juvenile salmon and other native fish in California.

(8)

According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, reducing abundance of striped bass and other non-native predators must be achieved to prevent extinction of Central Valley salmon and steelhead or to prevent the species from declining irreversibly.

(9)

Therefore, the CVPIA’s fish-doubling goal for two competing species is contradictory and counterproductive for salmon and steelhead recovery.

3.

Treatment of striped bass

(a)

Anadromous fish

Section 3403(a) of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (title XXXIV of Public Law 102–575) is amended by striking striped bass, after stocks of salmon (including steelhead),.

(b)

Fish and Wildlife Restoration Activities

Section 3406(b) of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (title XXXIV of Public Law 102–575) is amended by—

(1)

striking paragraphs (14) and (18);

(2)

redesignating paragraphs (15) through (17) as paragraphs (14) through (16), respectively; and

(3)

redesignating paragraphs (19) through (23) as paragraphs (17) through (21), respectively.

(c)

Restoration Fund Established

Section 3407(a) of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (title XXXIV of Public Law 102–575) is amended by striking (10)–(18), and (20)–(22) and inserting (10)–(16), and (18)–(20).

June 28, 2016

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed