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Urgent! Please take action now! Call your State Senators and Representatives today at 1-800-811-7647 and urge them to stop the $260 million raid on your fish and wildlife license dollars!



Recently introduced by Reps. Becker, Sonnenberg, and Sen. Jahn, HB 1150 would gut funding for the Colorado Division of Wildlife and is this year's most serious attack on Colorado's fish and wildlife - and the state's hunters and anglers.



HB 1150 will take your hunting and fishing license dollars away from the intended purpose - fish and wildlife management and conservation. INSTEAD, these fund will be transferred from your pocket and the Colorado Division of Wildlife to the Colorado Water Conservation Board to develop water storage projects.



If passed, HB 1150 will result in a $260 million net loss of funding for fish and wildlife conservation and management in Colorado over the next ten years - $50 million in funds directly transferred, and $210 million in lost federal matching grants.



Please call your State Representative today and urge them to vote NO on HB 1150. You can reach the Capitol by calling: 1-800-811-7647. If you don't know who your State Representative is or how to reach them, you can look them up and find their contact information by clicking here and entering your zip code.



To read more about HB 1150 click here or download a copy of the bill here.



Interested in speaking out at the Capitol? HB 1150 is scheduled for hearing in the House Agriculture Committee on Monday, February 21. This is an opportunity for the public to voice their concerns. Please contact Erica Stock [email protected] if you would like to attend. Or, join in next Thursday's Sportsmen's Day at the Legislature, described below.




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Become a Sportsmen's Advocate! Join fellow conservation-minded sportsmen and women NEXT Thursday, February 17th 8am @ the State Capitol for 'Sportsmen's Day at the Legislature'. Meet your legislators! Learn how to be an effective advocate for your sport! Meet other sportsmen from around the state! And make your voice heard! Click here for more information. To RSVP or for further questions email Aaron Kindle at [email protected].
http://myemail.constantcontact.com/URGENT--Help-CTU-stop-the--260-million-raid-on-your-sportsmen-s-dollars-.html?soid=1102415620861&aid=KKCL1K1-aXQ
http://www.cotrout.org/Conservation/Legislation/HB1150/tabid/430/Default.aspx

Copy of the bill: http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2011a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont/71B3AB4DB342DC08872578080080456E?Open&file=1150_01.pdf
 

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I went to my local state Senator Evie Hudak's monthly constituent issues meeting last week and asked her, in person, to vote NO on HB 1150 and will do so again next month if the bill progresses.

Here's a sample email you can send to your local legislators to make your voice heard.


Honorable Legislator,

It's my belief that the 2011 HB 1150, or what I call the "CDOW Revenue Transfer, Divert and Lose" bill language, as presently written, intends to illegally transfer, divert and lose $50 million in funds directly transferred and $210 million in lost federal funding matching grants from the Colorado Division of Wildlife to the Colorado Water Conservation Board over the next ten years to the detriment of fish and wildlife conservation and management.

Therefore, please vote NO on HB 1150.

Thank you.

Regards, Your Constituent,

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2011 Colorado legislation: HB 11-1150 sponsor agrees to pull bill if new Department of Natural Resources agreement to fund water projects is adopted
from Coyote Gulch by Coyote Gulch

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From The Fort Morgan Times:

The agreement came from discussions with DNR and the newly formed Citizen’s Wildlife Advisory Council, a broad-based group of stakeholders that work on wildlife issues. CWAC was formed to open a dialogue to address the adversarial relationship between the sportsmen community and landowners. The group is bi-partisan and has worked to find common ground between various stakeholders.

The CWAC voted to support [Representative Jon Becker (R-Fort Morgan)] in his plan to pull the bill if the agreement with DNR is finalized citing that the compromise is of benefit to both sides. The major concern of the group was whether Federal Dingell-Johnson/Pitman-Robertson funds would still be available. Becker and DNR agreed that those dollars would still be utilized by the DOW and these water projects would benefit sportsmen as well as all the citizens of Colorado.

Here’s the release from the Colorado Division of Wildlife (Todd Harman):

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is announcing a five-year goal to prioritize investments in water projects that benefit wildlife and wildlife recreation. The Division owns 104 dams and has a program to maintain existing facilities for safety, storage, and release. The Division has identified 17 dams and associated infrastructure in need of repairs and improvements and is seeking storage agreements, exchange-of-use agreements and other water projects with water providers and water users for this purpose.

“We have several critical water development needs, such as repairing the dam at Beaver Reservoir to allow us to store water again,” said Division of Wildlife Director Tom Remington. “We also have some great opportunities, such as reaching a storage agreement with Rio Grande Reservoir operators to store Division of Wildlife water critical to our needs in the San Luis Valley.”

In cooperation with Representative Jon Becker (R-Fort Morgan), the Division is exploring other opportunities that will first and foremost benefit wildlife and wildlife recreation, but will also help other entities and individuals who depend on water resources in the state. The Division intends to allocate at least $6 million for these types of projects over the next five years.

“I am glad to see the Division of Wildlife seeking additional opportunities for water development that will benefit both wildlife and sportsmen,” Rep. Becker said. “At the same time, the ancillary benefit to agricultural and other interests across the state is a win-win for all involved.”

“In the face of budget issues that are creating challenges throughout state government, it is especially challenging to plan for increasing water demand while protecting natural resources over the long term,” Department of Natural Resources Executive Director Mike King explained. “There is a lot of overlap between healthy wildlife habitat and what sportsmen and agricultural communities need. We welcome the opportunity to combine these goals and find ways to make limited state funding go further.”
 
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