Radio Report: House overwhelmingly supports Waters’ ‘Adopt-a-Fish Barrier’ bill

The state House of Representatives approved a bipartisan bill Wednesday that would improve the state’s efforts to remove fish barriers. John Sattgast reports.

 Radio Report Transcript

SATTGAST: Taking the idea from the state’s Adopt-a-Highway program, Republican Representative Kevin Waters of Stevenson has proposed using private donations for fish barrier removal.

WATERS: “I love driving on our state highways and seeing what families, companies, organizations have adopted our highways. And so this bill basically allows you to adopt a fish barrier removal.”

SATTGAST: House Bill 2045 would have the Recreation and Conservation Office keep a list of fish barrier removal projects for donations. Donors giving more than 10-thousand dollars would get a sign at the location with their name. A $100-thousand-dollar donation would prompt a plaque signed by the governor.

WATERS: “This bill, Mister Speaker, allows our companies, our individuals, our communities to see the good work that is being done in our streams to make sure that we have salmon recovery.”

SATTGAST: Waters’ “Adopt-a-Fish Barrier” bill passed the House, 93 to 2. It now needs Senate adoption.

John Sattgast, the state Capitol.


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