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Congress Overturns Stream Protection Rule, Sportsmen Push Back

When Congress voted to overturn the Stream Protection Rule on February 2, 2017, sportsmen around the country made their feelings known. The Rule was developed to better protect streams, fish, wildlife, and related environmental values from the adverse impacts of surface coal mining operations while providing mine operators with a regulatory framework to avoid water pollution and the long-term costs associated with water treatment.

Trout Unlimited President and CEO Chris Wood noted in a New York Times op-ed this morning that, “I had that sobering math in mind last week when I learned that Congress had voted to overturn the Stream Protection Rule, designed to protect streams from the devastating effects of mountaintop removal mining. This tactic is every bit as destructive as it sounds. It involves scraping off the tops of mountains, removing the coal and then dumping the waste in valleys and the creeks that pass through them.”

H.J.Res 38, disapproving the Stream Protection Rule, passed Congress on February 1, with 228-194 votes. See the full list of votes here.

The next day on February 2, the Senate vote passed with 54 yeas, 45 nays, and 1 not voting. Here is the Senate vote by state:

Alabama: Sessions (R-AL), Not Voting Shelby (R-AL), Yea
Alaska: Murkowski (R-AK), Yea Sullivan (R-AK), Yea
Arizona: Flake (R-AZ), Yea McCain (R-AZ), Yea
Arkansas: Boozman (R-AR), Yea Cotton (R-AR), Yea
California: Feinstein (D-CA), Nay Harris (D-CA), Nay
Colorado: Bennet (D-CO), Nay Gardner (R-CO), Yea
Connecticut: Blumenthal (D-CT), Nay Murphy (D-CT), Nay
Delaware: Carper (D-DE), Nay Coons (D-DE), Nay
Florida: Nelson (D-FL), Nay Rubio (R-FL), Yea
Georgia: Isakson (R-GA), Yea Perdue (R-GA), Yea
Hawaii: Hirono (D-HI), Nay Schatz (D-HI), Nay
Idaho: Crapo (R-ID), Yea Risch (R-ID), Yea
Illinois: Duckworth (D-IL), Nay Durbin (D-IL), Nay
Indiana: Donnelly (D-IN), Yea Young (R-IN), Yea
Iowa: Ernst (R-IA), Yea Grassley (R-IA), Yea
Kansas: Moran (R-KS), Yea Roberts (R-KS), Yea
Kentucky: McConnell (R-KY), Yea Paul (R-KY), Yea
Louisiana: Cassidy (R-LA), Yea Kennedy (R-LA), Yea
Maine: Collins (R-ME), Nay King (I-ME), Nay
Maryland: Cardin (D-MD), Nay Van Hollen (D-MD), Nay
Massachusetts: Markey (D-MA), Nay Warren (D-MA), Nay
Michigan: Peters (D-MI), Nay Stabenow (D-MI), Nay
Minnesota: Franken (D-MN), Nay Klobuchar (D-MN), Nay
Mississippi: Cochran (R-MS), Yea Wicker (R-MS), Yea
Missouri: Blunt (R-MO), Yea McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
Montana: Daines (R-MT), Yea Tester (D-MT), Nay
Nebraska: Fischer (R-NE), Yea Sasse (R-NE), Yea
Nevada: Cortez Masto (D-NV), Nay Heller (R-NV), Yea
New Hampshire: Hassan (D-NH), Nay Shaheen (D-NH), Nay
New Jersey: Booker (D-NJ), Nay Menendez (D-NJ), Nay
New Mexico: Heinrich (D-NM), Nay Udall (D-NM), Nay
New York: Gillibrand (D-NY), Nay Schumer (D-NY), Nay
North Carolina: Burr (R-NC), Yea Tillis (R-NC), Yea
North Dakota: Heitkamp (D-ND), Yea Hoeven (R-ND), Yea
Ohio: Brown (D-OH), Nay Portman (R-OH), Yea
Oklahoma: Inhofe (R-OK), Yea Lankford (R-OK), Yea
Oregon: Merkley (D-OR), Nay Wyden (D-OR), Nay
Pennsylvania: Casey (D-PA), Nay Toomey (R-PA), Yea
Rhode Island: Reed (D-RI), Nay Whitehouse (D-RI), Nay
South Carolina: Graham (R-SC), Yea Scott (R-SC), Yea
South Dakota: Rounds (R-SD), Yea Thune (R-SD), Yea
Tennessee: Alexander (R-TN), Yea Corker (R-TN), Yea
Texas: Cornyn (R-TX), Yea Cruz (R-TX), Yea
Utah: Hatch (R-UT), Yea Lee (R-UT), Yea
Vermont: Leahy (D-VT), Nay Sanders (I-VT), Nay
Virginia: Kaine (D-VA), Nay Warner (D-VA), Nay
Washington: Cantwell (D-WA), Nay Murray (D-WA), Nay
West Virginia: Capito (R-WV), Yea Manchin (D-WV), Yea
Wisconsin: Baldwin (D-WI), Nay Johnson (R-WI), Yea
Wyoming: Barrasso (R-WY), Yea Enzi (R-WY), Yea


For many, the welfare of streams and rivers is more than just a passion; it dictates their livelihood. “Nationally, sport fishing helps support more than 800,000 jobs, and the more than 30 million people who participate spend close to $50 billion annually on equipment, licenses, trips and other fishing-related items or events. Whether you fish for wild brook trout in the Appalachians, target salmon in Alaska or simply like to take your child fishing on small streams near your home, sportsmen and sportswomen need to stand up and demand that our elected leaders protect the clean water and healthy habitats upon which we all depend,” Wood noted in his New York Times op-ed today.

Jim Klug, the Director of Operations and Co-Owner of Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures and Chairman Emeritus of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association, stated: “Clean water is obviously the foundation of the sport-fishing industry. When I look at the list of Senators and Congressman that voted to repeal common sense protections for our rivers and streams, I see the names of many officials who ran and campaigned as active anglers and sportsmen. Yet when it comes to protecting the most basic needs of sportsmen, they vote against us. It’s unfortunate to see elected officials playing politics with water and the outdoor industry.


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