Great Lakes F&W Grant Program sees reauthorization bill

Great Lakes F&W Grant Program sees reauthorization bill

On July 13, Great Lakes House Members introduced a bill to reauthorize the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (GLFWRA) of 2016. GLFWRA was first passed in 1990 but hasn’t been reauthorized since 2006. It authorizes the USFWS to provide assistance to Great Lakes fish and wildlife agencies to encourage cooperative conservation, restoration, and management of the fish and wildlife resources and their habitats. Projects are selected through a competitive review process from proposals submitted by states, tribes, and other interested entities at a 25% non-federal match.

H.R. 5765 extends the program through 2021, reduces the authorization from $16 million to $8 million, and makes changes to the matching rules. Since 1998, GLWFRA has provided more than $22.8 million in federal funding to 148 research and restoration projects. ASA is supporting this bill.

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