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Inside the May 7 RoundupWritten by WyLR
Johnson settles Clean Water Act case
Here's a preview of the May 7 edition of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup.
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On May 9, a consent degree was filed at the U.S. District Court in the District of Wyoming, effectively settling the Clean Water Act case of Andy Johnson v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), et. al.
Cheyenne Attorney Dan Frank of Frank Law Offices says, “This is the end of this case. I would say that this is a win for us.”
The requirements set forth in the consent decree were described by Frank as actions that Johnson had already begun working towards.
“We had to plant some willows, which he already did, and then he has to submit a compliance report this year and next year showing that the willows are surviving,” Frank commented. “He also had to put in a fence.”
“This is a victory for common sense and the environment, and it brings an end to all the uncertainty and fear that the Johnson family faced,” said Jonathan Wood, a staff attorney with Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) who represented Johnson in his court challenge to the EPA,
Wyo Game and Fish Commission approves grizzly plan
During a final public meeting on May 11, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission unanimously approved an update to Wyoming’s Grizzly Bear Management Plan and the accompanying three-state Memorandum of Agreement (MDA).
“Since grizzly bears went on the endangered species list, Wyoming has invested $40 million to recover this population. That is incredible commitment to ensure the viability of the species. The Commission approved a plan to ensure this commitment is honored and grizzly bears will be managed under state leadership and stay recovered,” said Scott Talbott, Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) director.
WGFD Wildlife Division Chief Brian Nesvik added, “I think this is a great day to celebrate and honor the success of a species that in our state is highly valued.”
The Nutrition Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing on April 28, focusing on U.S. food prices and how consumers are impacted by economic conditions in farm country. While it is recognized that the U.S. has the world's safest, most affordable and most abundant food supply, the effects of farm policy on affordability and price stability may be overlooked.
Flooding in Fremont County last week was due to record rain- fall in the area, and more flooding is possible this spring. The two-day rainfall in Lander on May 6-7 was the third wettest consecutive two-day period on record. The second wettest was recorded in May of 1924, and the most precipitation in Lander over a two-day period occurred in April of 1895. “Lander also set the daily record for rainfall on May 7,” adds Charles Baker, National Weather Service meteorologist in Riverton.
Also inside the Roundup this week:
- Karen Budd-Falen looks at EPA's takeover of state water law.
- NRCS analyzes the impacts of no-till farming.
- Dallas Mount delves into professional development on the ranch.
- BLM Director Neil Kornze replied to an inquiry from Senators regarding wild horses.
- Miranda Reiman takes a look at skipping ahead in herd planning.
- Wyoming reservoirs remain full.