Rep. Newhouse a great leader for public lands

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Rep. Dan Newhouse has become an excellent leader on public lands. Rep. Newhouse helped pass the Natural Resources Management Act. This legislation includes over 100 bills relating to the country’s natural resources, including the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). On Tuesday, the Natural Resources Management Act was signed into law. This legislation permanently re-authorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is the most important funding source for public lands and conservation. The best part is that LWCF does not use a dime of your tax money, it is funded through royalties paid for offshore oil drilling.

This incredible victory also benefits everyone in the Columbia Basin by increasing water storage in the Yakima River. Farmers, anglers and local residents all benefit from better water management. Moreover, permanent re-authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund will provide critical stability to Washington’s $21.6 billion outdoor recreation economy – which consists of mostly small, family-run businesses.

While LWCF is authorized permanently, it needs money to be appropriated by Congress in order to be effective. I’m glad we have a leader like Dan Newhouse to look out for the best interests of the people and businesses in the Columbia Basin.

Matt Paluch

Moses Lake

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