Topic: Asian Carp
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Nashville, TN – Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest nonprofits dedicated to conserving the state’s wildlife and natural resources, is hailing a significant funding win in the battle against invasive Asian carp.
“Federal legislators have stepped up again to fund Tennessee’s fight against Asian carp, which are destroying native species and harming local economies,” said Michael Butler, CEO of Tennessee Wildlife Federation.
The Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (WRDA) was passed by Congress, as part of an omnibus package.
Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting gives update on Asian Carp, Duck Hunters Survey, Annual Awards
Humphreys County, TN – An update on Asian carp, results of a recent Tennessee duck hunters survey, and annual divisional awards presentations were among the business conducted at the October meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission.
The one-day meeting was held Friday in the Tom and Wendy Beasley Education Center at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Buffalo Ridge Refuge. It was the TFWC’s first formal meeting at Buffalo Ridge Refuge which comprises about 2,000 acres in southern Humphreys County.
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) to hold a one-day meeting on Friday, October 23rd, 2020 beginning at 9:00am at Buffalo Ridge Refuge in Humphreys County. It will be the first formal TFWC meeting held at the refuge.
An update will be provided on the status of Asian carp to include distribution information, TVA’s Programmatic Environmental Assessment, USFWS funding and associated work plans for 2021 in the Tennessee/Cumberland and Lower Mississippi (Reelfoot) basins.
Nashville, TN – On Saturday, September 26th, 2020 Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order No. 62 establishing the Asian Carp Advisory Commission to study and provide advice regarding the best methods for mitigating the invasion of Asian carp into the state’s lakes and river systems.
Senator Bill Powers calls for Aggressive Action to address Asion Carp Invasion in Tennessee Waterways
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Senator Bill Powers (R-Clarksville) is pushing passage of a resolution calling for the Tennessee Valley Authority, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and other federal authorities to join Tennessee in “aggressively addressing the Asian carp invasion in Tennessee waterways.”
Senate Joint Resolution 723, co-sponsored by Powers, recognizes the urgency of the infiltration of the invasive fish into Tennessee’s rivers and lakes, the negative effects on the state’s ecosystem, and the disastrous economic consequences to the state if the problem accelerates further.
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission held its first meeting of 2020 which included updates on chronic wasting disease (CWD), a preview of next year’s waterfowl and migratory hunting seasons, and Asian carp. The two-day meeting was held in the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Region II Ray Bell Building.
Chuck Yoest, TWRA’s CWD coordinator, reported that the number of CWD-positive and high-risk counties in southwest Tennessee has increased to seven and four, respectively.
Nashville, TN – On January 10th, 2020, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) received a report that a silver carp was captured on Chickamauga Lake in October.
The angler, Dustin Hinkle, said the invasive fish “jumped into the boat as I deployed my trolling motor.” Hinkle encountered the fish near the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant, and stated he “saw 15-20 more fish near the surface” exhibiting a feeding behavior.
Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, October 31st, 2019, United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the spending package passed by the Senate is a step in the right direction toward funding important priorities for Tennessee.
“The spending bill passed today includes important priorities for Tennesseans, such as supporting Tennessee farmers, providing funding to help our state tackle the opioid crisis and reducing the maintenance backlog in our 419 national parks, including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The next step is to conference our bills with the House of Representatives and send the bills to the president to become law,” Alexander said.
Senate Committee Approves More Money to Reduce the Maintenance Backlog at National Parks, Including Smokies
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the Senate Appropriations Committee took “a promising step,” to reduce the maintenance backlog at our national parks, including at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
“The funding bill approved today includes increased funding to reduce the $11.6 billion maintenance backlog in our nation’s 419 national parks. Alexander said. “This funding will help restore the campgrounds, trails and roads in what Ken Burns calls ‘America’s best idea’ – our national park system. This funding is a promising step in addressing the park maintenance backlog – and the next step is to pass the Restore Our Parks Act, bipartisan legislation I introduced that would be the biggest help to our parks in a generation.”
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