CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 2430 on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.R. 2430 was introduced on May 14, 2009, by Rep. Hastings (R-WA) and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which took no official action.
H.R. 2430 directs the Secretary of the Interior to authorize the stocking of fish in lakes in the North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area in Washington. The bill requires that the Secretary only authorize the stocking of native fish species and limits the number of lakes that the Secretary may allow to be stocked at 42.
The North Cascades contains 245 distinct mountain lakes, of which 91 have been historically stocked with fish. According to the bill's findings, theses lakes have been stocked with fish dating back hundreds of years and fish stocking has provided a boost to the local economy. Since the Cascades became a National Park in 1969, the practice of stocking fish was allowed under certain federal agreements. A recent environmental impact statement from the National Park Service (NPS) recommended that 42 of the 91 lakes that have been historically stocked continue to stock fish. H.R. 2430 would clarify the NPS' authority to allow fish stocking and create parameters for fish stocking in the future.
A CBO score for H.R. 2430 was not yet available.