Conservation, Mining, and Other Legislation

Thu, 21 Sep 2023 14:00:00 GMT

The purpose of the business meeting is to consider the legislation on the agenda below.

  1. S. 384, a bill to establish the Springfield 1908 Race Riot National Monument in the State of Illinois, and for other purposes. (Ms. Duckworth).
  2. S. 432, a bill to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate the Nulhegan River and Paul Stream in the State of Vermont for potential addition to the national wild and scenic rivers system, and for other purposes. (Mr. Welch).
  3. S. 507, a bill to establish the Ralph David Abernathy, Sr., National Historic Site, and for other purposes. (Mr. Ossoff).
  4. S. 594, a bill to require the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to prioritize the completion of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, and for other purposes. (Mr. Heinrich).
  5. S. 608, a bill to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of the Deerfield River for potential addition to the national wild and scenic rivers system, and for other purposes. (Mr. Markey).
  6. S. 636, a bill to establish the Dolores River National Conservation Area and the Dolores River Special Management Area in the State of Colorado, to protect private water rights in the State, and for other purposes. (Mr. Bennet).
  7. S. 912, a bill to require the Secretary of Energy to provide technology grants to strengthen domestic mining education, and for other purposes. (Mr. Barrasso).
  8. S. 924, a bill to amend the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act to extend the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission. (Mr. Cardin).
  9. S. 961, a bill to redesignate the Salem Maritime National Historic Site in Salem, Massachusetts, as the “Salem Maritime National Historical Park”, and for other purposes. (Mr. Markey).
  10. S. 1015, a bill to require the Secretary of Agriculture to convey the Pleasant Valley Ranger District Administrative Site to Gila County, Arizona. (Mr. Kelly).
  11. S. 1059, a bill to adjust the boundary of Big Bend National Park in the State of Texas, and for other purposes. (Mr. Cornyn).
  12. S. 1088, a bill to authorize the relinquishment and in lieu selection of land and minerals in the State of North Dakota, to restore land and minerals to Indian Tribes within the State of North Dakota, and for other purposes. (Mr. Hoeven).
  13. S. 1097, a bill to establish the Cesar E. Chavez and the Farmworker Movement National Historical Park in the States of California and Arizona, and for other purposes. (Mr. Padilla).
  14. S. 1254, a bill to designate and expand the wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest in the State of Washington, and to designate certain rivers in Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park as wild and scenic rivers, and for other purposes. (Mrs. Murray).
  15. S. 1277, a bill to modify the boundary of the Mammoth Cave National Park in the State of Kentucky, and for other purposes. (Mr. McConnell).
  16. S. 1405, a bill to provide for the exchange of certain Federal land and State land in the State of Utah. (Mr. Lee).
  17. S. 1521, a bill to amend the Federal Power Act to modernize and improve the licensing of non-Federal hydropower projects, and for other purposes. (Mr. Daines).
  18. S. 1634, a bill to provide for the designation of certain wilderness areas, recreation management areas, and conservation areas in the State of Colorado, and for other purposes. (Mr. Bennet).
  19. S. 1657, a bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain land to La Paz County, Arizona, and for other purposes. (Ms. Sinema).
  20. S. 1760, a bill to amend the Apex Project, Nevada Land Transfer and Authorization Act of 1989 to include the city of North Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Apex Industrial Park Owners Association, and for other purposes. (Ms. Cortez Masto).
  21. S. 2018, a bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct an assessment to identify locations in National Parks in which there is the greatest need for broadband internet access service and areas in National Parks in which there is the greatest need for cellular service, and for other purposes. (Mr. Barrasso).
  22. S. 2020, a bill to amend the Oregon Resource Conservation Act of 1996 to reauthorize the Deschutes River Conservancy Working Group, and for other purposes. (Mr. Merkley).
  23. S. 2042, a bill to amend the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area Act to adjust the boundary of the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, and for other purposes. (Ms. Cortez Masto).
  24. S. 2136, a bill to require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to convey certain Federal land to the State of Utah for inclusion in certain State parks, and for other purposes. (Mr. Lee).
  25. S. 2149, a bill to sustain economic development and recreational use of National Forest System land in the State of Montana, to add certain land to the National Wilderness Preservation System, to designate new areas for recreation, and for other purposes. (Mr. Tester).
  26. S. 2216, a bill to release from wilderness study area designation certain land in the State of Montana, to improve the management of that land, and for other purposes. (Mr. Daines).
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Climate Forward Live

Thu, 21 Sep 2023 13:00:00 GMT

At today’s Climate Forward Live event, The New York Times bringing together newsmakers — including Bill Gates, Al Gore, Michael Bloomberg and Ajay Banga — to share ideas, work through problems and answer tough questions about the threats presented by a rapidly warming planet.

The event is taking place at the Times Center at 242 W. 41st St.; New York, N.Y. 10036

In-person tickets are $350.


A Billion-Dollar War Against the Petrochemicals Industry
  • Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Gina McCarthy, former national White House climate adviser and administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., president and C.E.O. of the Hip Hop Caucus

9:30 A.M.

What’s Standing in the Way of Climate Progress?
  • Al Gore, former vice president of the United States

10 A.M.

Living in the Age of Extreme Heat
  • Eleni Myrivili, global chief heat officer, UN-Habitat and Arsht-Rock Resilience Center
  • Reema Nanavaty, director of rural organizing and economic development at the Self-Employed Women’s Association

10:35 A.M.

Green Growth v. Conservation
  • Jason Grumet, C.E.O. of the American Clean Power Association
  • Ebony Twilley Martin, executive director of Greenpeace USA

11 A.M.

Food in a Time of Crisis
  • José Andrés, chef and humanitarian

11:25 A.M.

Norway’s Paradox
  • Jonas Gahr Store, prime minister of Norway

11:50 A.M.: BREAK

1:20 P.M.

Opinion: Paddling Against the Wind
  • Robin Wall Kimmerer, author and scientist

1:35 P.M.

Greening the Grid
  • Calvin Butler, president and C.E.O., Exelon
  • Pedro J. Pizarro, president and C.E.O., Edison International

2 P.M.

A New Recipe for Food Systems
  • Jim Andrew, executive vice president and chief sustainability officer of PepsiCo
  • Anthony Myint, executive director, Zero Foodprint and co-founder, Mission Chinese Food

2:25 P.M.

New Technology and Smarter Policy
  • Bill Gates, founder of Breakthrough Energy and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

2:55 P.M.

Carnivores and Climate Change
  • Gilberto Tomazoni, global C.E.O. of JBS

3:35 P.M.

Can a Tidy House Save the World?
  • Marie Kondo, tidying expert and founder of KonMari Media Inc.

4:15 P.M.

Financing a Just Transition
  • Ajay Banga, 14th president of the World Bank Group
  • Mia Mottley, prime minister of Barbados

4:45 P.M.

Africa’s Climate Potential
  • William Ruto, president of Kenya
  • Pratt Industries
  • Saint-Gobain
  • L’Oréal
  • MasterCard

Drinking Water Infrastructure and Tribal Communities

Wed, 20 Sep 2023 18:30:00 GMT

Subcommittee hearing.

  • Brian Bennon, Tribal Water Systems Program Manager, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.
  • Ken Norton, Director, Hoopa Valley Tribal Environmental Protection Agency, Chair, National Tribal Water Council (NTWC)
  • Jola Wallowingbull, Director, Northern Arapaho Tribal Engineering Department
  • Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
    Fisheries, Water and Wildlife Subcommittee 406 Dirksen
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Drought Impacts on Drinking Water Access and Water Availability

Wed, 20 Sep 2023 18:30:00 GMT

The purpose of this hearing is to examine drought impacts on drinking water access and water availability. Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)

  • Michael Brian, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water & Science, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Kyle Jones, Policy & Legal Director, Community Water Center
  • Jonathan W. Smith, Chairman, Tribal Council, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
  • Albert P. Barker, Board Member, Idaho Water Resources Board
  • Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
    Water and Power Subcommittee 366 Dirksen
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Growing the Economy Of the Future: Job Training For the Clean Energy Transition

Wed, 20 Sep 2023 18:15:00 GMT

To explore clean energy workforce development, the Joint Economic Committee will hold a hearing titled “Growing the Economy Of the Future: Job Training For the Clean Energy Transition” on Wednesday September 20, 2023 at 2:15 PM EST. The hearing will be held in the Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216. Chair Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.)

In the last two years, the Biden administration and Democrats in Congress have taken significant action to address the climate crisis by increasing investments in the clean energy industry. Investments in the Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law have increased the demand for workers who can fill roles in a range of clean energy occupations, from manufacturing workers building wind turbines or solar panels to HVAC installers putting in heat pumps. This need creates an opportunity for millions of Americans to start stable careers that pay a living wage without having to earn a four-year college degree. In addition, new investments in clean energy infrastructure will be spread out across the country and present an opportunity to more intentionally employ women and people of color in the energy sector and the skilled building trades where they have been historically underrepresented.

Oversight of the Department of Transportation’s Policies and Programs

Wed, 20 Sep 2023 14:00:00 GMT

This a hearing of the full Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

  • Pete Buttigieg, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee 2167 Rayburn
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American Hydropower

Wed, 20 Sep 2023 14:00:00 GMT

On Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, the Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, and Grid Security will hold a hearing. The title of the hearing is “American Hydropower: Unleashing Reliable, Renewable, Clean Power Across the U.S.” Witnesses are by invitation only. The hearing will review the following legislation:

• H.R. 4045, the “Hydropower Clean Energy Future Act”

Hearing memo

  • Terry Turpin, Director of the Office of Energy Projects, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • John Hairston, Administrator, Bonneville Power Administration
  • Thomas P. Smith, Chief of Operations and Regulatory Division, Army Corps of Engineers
  • Matt Lee-Ashley, Chief of Staff, Council on Environmental Quality

H.R. 4045, the “Hydropower Clean Energy Future Act,” would amend the Federal Power Act to expedite the hydropower licensing process and promote next-generation hydropower projects. The legislation would expedite the non-Federal hydropower licensing process by requiring FERC, and all resource agencies with responsibilities in the licensing process, to establish a schedule and coordinate reviews, subject to interagency dispute resolution by CEQ and penalties for failure to meet scheduled deadlines. The legislation also contains an expedited 2-year licensing process for next-generation hydropower facilities and regulatory exemptions for small hydropower projects unlikely to threaten protected species.

  • House Energy and Commerce Committee
    Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Subcommittee 2123 Rayburn
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CEQ’s Proposed Regulations for Federal Contracting

Wed, 20 Sep 2023 14:00:00 GMT

A hearing of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight.

  • Eric Fanning, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aerospace Industries Association
  • Chad Whiteman, Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Steven M. Rothstein, Managing Director, Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Market
  • Victoria Killion, Legislative Attorney, Congressional Research Services
  • House Science, Space, and Technology Committee
    Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee 2318 Rayburn
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Legislative Hearing on Access to Public Lands

Tue, 19 Sep 2023 18:15:00 GMT

On Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at 2:15 p.m., in room 1334 Longworth House Office Building, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands will hold a legislative hearing on the following bills:

  • H.R. 1657 (Rep. Stauber), “Lake Winnibigoshish Land Exchange Act of 2023”;
  • H.R. 3107 (Rep. Neguse), “Improving Outdoor Recreation Coordination Act”;
  • H.R. 3200 (Rep. Zinke), “Gateway Community and Recreation Enhancement Act”; and
  • H.R. 4984 (Rep. Comer), “D.C. Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium Campus Revitalization Act”.

Hearing memo


Panel I (Members of Congress):
  • To Be Announced
Panel II (Administration Officials and Outside Experts):
  • Mike Reynolds, Deputy Director, Congressional and External Relations, National Park Service, Washington, D.C. [H.R. 3107, H.R. 3200, H.R. 4984]
  • Jacqueline Emanuel, Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System, U.S. Forest Service, Washington, D.C. [H.R. 1657, H.R. 3107, H.R. 3200]
  • Cory Smith, Commissioner, District 1, Itasca County, MN [H.R. 1657]
  • Randy Brodehl, Commissioner, Flathead County, Kalispell, MT [H.R. 3200]
  • Ambreen Tariq, Senior Program Director, Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, Washington, D.C. [H.R. 3107 and H.R. 3200]
  • Delano Hunter, Acting Director, D.C. Department of General Services, Washington, D.C. [H.R. 4984]

Lake Winnibigoshish Land Exchange Act of 2023

In and around federal land, small and often times family-owned businesses provide robust outdoor recreation experiences. This is true in northcentral Minnesota in the Chippewa National Forest and Lake Winnibigoshish. Along the pristine lake, Bowen Lodge, a fishing and hunting resort, has been welcoming guests since 1982. Currently, the Lodge has a 20-year permit from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to operate and maintain a marina along the lakeshore. The resort would like to acquire approximately 13.8 acres of federal land adjacent to their property, which contains approximately 1,640 feet of shoreline and would provide permanent access to the lake. H.R. 1657 would facilitate a land exchange between Bowen Lodge and the USFS. This legislation would provide certainty and predictability for the business, employees, and guests to ensure the continued use of the marina. In exchange for the land, the resort would convey approximately 38 acres of land on Lake Winnibigoshish to the USFS to be added to the Chippewa National Forest. The USFS proposed this acreage in order to better align with property boundaries and management of the exchange parcel. H.R. 1657 establishes an equal value exchange between the parcels. If necessary, a cash equalization payment between the parties will be pursued in order to equalize values. Exchanging these parcels is a win-win, as it would provide permanent access to Lake Winnibigoshish for the Lodge and eliminate a headache-inducing checkerboard pattern of land ownership for USFS. This is a continuation of the Committee’s work to “right size” the federal estate by allowing for greater access and reducing checkerboard land ownership. So far this Congress, the Committee has moved legislation that would reduce the amount of federal land ownership by 4,530 acres. H.R. 1657 is a bipartisan bill led by Representative Stauber (R-MN) and co-sponsored by Representatives Brad Finstad (R-MN), Michelle Fischbach (R-MN), Joe Neguse (D-CO), and Jared Huffman (D-CA).

H.R. 3107 (Rep. Neguse), “Improving Outdoor Recreation Coordination Act” Outdoor recreation serves as a gateway to numerous physical, mental, and societal benefits. Engaging in outdoor activities, whether it’s hiking, camping, cycling, or simply spending time in nature, promotes physical fitness and a healthier lifestyle, reducing the risk of chronic diseases.2 In addition to enhancing physical wellbeing, outdoor recreation fosters a deeper appreciation for our country’s natural resources, inspiring environmental stewardship, and conservation efforts.3

It also strengthens the bonds of community as people come together to share recreational experiences, reinforcing the idea that access to outdoor spaces is fundamental to a prosperous society. Despite the fact that public lands play an important role in outdoor recreation, there are often conflicting levels of access or policies among the federal land management agencies. Increased coordination between these agencies could help improve access, elevate recreation as a priority among land managers, and reduce conflicting policies among federal agencies. H.R. 3107, the “Improving Outdoor Recreation Coordination Act,” would establish the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation (“Council”), to coordinate outdoor recreation policies among the various land management agencies. The bill aims to streamline processes across federal agencies to keep recreation on public lands enjoyable and sustained. This Council would also be responsible for coordination between various federal agencies involved in outdoor recreation and related activities such as the NPS, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and USFS. The responsibilities of the Council would include coordinating interagency policies related to recreation management across agencies, addressing disruptions in recreational areas, managing funds designated for outdoor recreation, and circulating informational materials to the public. The bill would not impact existing authorities, regulations, or policies of individual federal agencies involved in outdoor recreation. This bipartisan bill is co-led by Representative Lawler (R-NY). H.R. 3200 (Rep. Zinke), “Gateway Community and Recreation Enhancement Act” Recently released data from NPS demonstrates the impact visitors to our public lands have on the economy, particularly rural economies. In 2022, visitors to national parks generated a record $50.3 billion in economic benefits and supported over 378,400 jobs.6 The economic impact of recreating on federal lands is felt far and wide by the communities surrounding the federal land’s borders and entrances – often referred to as gateway communities. In national parks alone, more than 312 million visitors spent an estimated $23.9 billion in gateway communities in 2022. This estimate does not include spending by visitors to other locations managed by the BLM, USFWS, or USFS.

H.R. 3200, the “Gateway Community and Recreation Enhancement Act,” addresses the roles and needs of gateway communities as they support visitation to federal lands. Under the legislation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of the Interior (DOI) would assess the needs of gateway communities with respect to housing, municipal infrastructure, visitation and crowding in consultation with state and local governments, Tribes, housing authorities, and non-profit organizations. H.R. 3200 also provides avenues to address these challenges including financial or technical assistance; entering into leases, rights-of-way, easements, or issuing special use permits; and encouraging the Departments’ Secretaries to enter into public-private partnerships, cooperative agreements, or memorandums of understanding.

Gateway communities are often small, rural towns whose economy depends on seasonal visitation and access the local federal lands. Therefore, any closing or reduction of access to a national park can have severe implications for the gateway community and the families and small businesses whose livelihoods depend on predictable access. To address this, H.R. 3200 requires the NPS to consult local communities via public meetings and a minimum 60-day comment period before restricting access to national parks. There are exemptions if the park must close due to health and safety concerns. The bill also provides avenues for increased visitor access and experiences across federal land recreation units. The bill would require agencies to create a digital version of the America the Beautiful National Parks and public lands pass so visitors can seamlessly access public lands via their mobile device. The bill also establishes a pilot program to provide visitation data for recreation lands. The visitation data could encourage visitation of lesser-known areas, such as trails, to avoid congestion. This bipartisan bill, co-led by Representatives Zinke (R-MT) and Peltola (D-AK) has seven additional cosponsors. A companion bill was introduced by Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Angus King (I-ME). A similar version of this bill was included in the Senate’s Recreation Package (S. 873, America’s Outdoor Recreation Act of 2023). S.873 passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as amended, by voice vote.

H.R. 4984 (Rep. Comer), “D.C. Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium Campus Revitalization Act” The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium Campus (RFK) encompasses approximately 142 acres of NPS land located in the eastern part of the District of Columbia (D.C.). RFK is owned by the City of D.C., which also has a lease NPS on the land underneath and surrounding the stadium from for sports and recreation use until 2038. From the early 1900’s until 1957, the land was used as a park and open space.9 In 1957, Congress authorized construction of a stadium on the land. The D.C. Stadium opened in 1961 as a multipurpose stadium for the football team now known as the Washington Commanders and the Washington Senators (a Major League Baseball team). By 1969, the D.C. Stadium was renamed RFK Stadium in honor of Robert F. Kennedy. In 1996, the football team played their last game and the stadium. The Washingtom Nationals briefly utilized the stadium from 2005 to 2007 and D.C. United, a Major Leage Soccer team, utilized the facility until 2017. The stadium is now vacant, falling into disrepair, and is set to be demolished.

H.R. 4984 creates a long-term opportunity for coordination between the D.C. and the federal government for the future development and use of the RFK site. The “D.C. Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium Campus Revitalization Act” would transfer administrative jurisdiction of the RFK stadium site from the Secretary of the Interior to the General Services Administration (GSA). GSA provides centralized procurement and shared services for the federal government, including real estate. GSA manages a nationwide real estate portfolio of nearly 370 million rentable square feet. Under the legislation, GSA would be required to enter into a lease with D.C., under which D.C. may use the land for stadium purposes, commercial and residential development, providing recreational facilities or open space, or additional public purposes. The bill allows for a lease of up to 99 years, which may be renewed by GSA. The bill ensures any development of the site will not adversely impact the land, including the restoration of wetlands; is at least 30 percent parks and open space; will improve access to the Anacostia River and maintain access to the Anacostia River Trail; provide for necessary parking facilities and public safety measures; and will reduce noise and traffic in surrounding areas. Cosponsors include Delegate Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Representative LaTurner (R-KS).

  • House Natural Resources Committee
    Federal Lands Subcommittee 1334 Longworth
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Member Day

Tue, 19 Sep 2023 18:00:00 GMT

A Full Committee member day hearing to allow all Members of the House of Representatives an opportunity to testify before the Committee.

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