On Friday, Dec. 17, Majority Leader Reid (D-Nev.) introduced an omnibus public lands and water bill, the America Great Outdoors Act (S. 303), in the Senate. The bill is a package of 110 separate public lands and water and wildlife bills. The package includes the Chesapeake Bay bill (S. 1816), which is strongly opposed by Oregon Farm Bureau. The package also contains several separate bills that we also oppose that would designate wilderness or new national parks in their states, including national Wild and Scenic River designations in Oregon and expansion of Oregon Caves National Monument
The omnibus bill would enact the Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act, which would add new land and agricultural practice restrictions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, setting precedent far beyond the Chesapeake Bay. This bill could come to the Senate floor at any time in the next few days and we ask that you contact both Senators Wyden and Merkley immediately making them aware of your opposition.
Letters can be sent via email to both Senator Wyden’s and Merkely’s natural resource staff in Washington, DC. An alternative option is to send your letter through each office’s webform. All specific contact information is listed below.
Senator Ron Wyden
Staff Contact: Michele Miranda Email: [email protected]
Web Form: wyden.senate.gov/contact/
Senator Jeff Merkley
Staff Contact: Jeremiah Baumann Email: [email protected]
Web Form: merkley.senate.gov/contact/