CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, June 11, 2013, the House will to consider H.R. 1158, the North Cascades National Park Service Complex Fish Stock Act, under a suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on March 14, 2013 by Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which held a mark-up and reported the bill by unanimous consent.
H.R. 1158 directs the Secretary of the Interior to authorize the stocking of fish in 42 lakes in the North Cascades National Park. The lakes are to be stocked with only native nonreproducing fish, and the Secretary is directed to coordinate with the State of Washington. Furthermore, the bill requires the Secretary to research and monitor the effects of fish stocking in the relevant lakes and to report to Congress every five years after enactment on the results.
Many of the lakes that are part of the North Cascades National Park have been stocked with fish since the late 1800s, long before they became part of the National Park System. Ever since, volunteers have stocked the lakes under management plans developed by National Park Service (NPS) and State biologists.
In 2008, NPS prepared an Environmental Impact Statement, which determined that fish stocking would produce no adverse effects in 42 of the Park’s lakes. Consequently, NPS requested explicit statutory authority to continue stocking the lakes in the Park.
H.R. 1158 would authorize the NPS to continue this longstanding tradition. An identical bill (H.R. 2351) passed the House in the 112th Congress by voice vote on December 7, 2011.
CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 1158 would “have no significant effect on the federal budget.”