From a Watchdog in the Oregon Cattlemen's Association
Oregon's Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program is needed!
On December 20th the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released their drafted disapproval of Oregon's Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program (CNPCP). This disapproval was issued in response to a 2010 settlement agreement via Northwest Environmental Advocates (NWEA). Oregon needs your help to ensure that funding issued under the CNPCP for water quality related programs and restoration important to farms and ranches are protected. Please help us spread the word and let the NOAA know that Oregon's Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program works!
How to protect funding for nonpoint source related water quality improvement projects on farms and ranches:
Thank you for taking steps to comment on the Notice of Intent to Find that Oregon has Failed to Submit an Approvable Coastal Nonpoint Program (78 FR 77104). This disapproval will mean the loss of $1.2 million that is used for restoration and improvement projects in Oregon in 2014/2015. Over time, it would mean the loss of up to $2 million each year that is being used by Oregon, and in particular, soil and water conservation districts (SWCD), for restoration and improvement projects.
In the sample comments linked here, please add information in the yellow highlighted portions. Please personalize the comments in other ways that make sense to you as well. At a minimum, be sure to add:
- The date at the top;
- Your name and contact information at the bottom (found just above the "References" section);
- And information about your own operation within the introductory paragraphs. For example, add details such as the nature of your livestock operation; what you've done to improve or protect water quality; and how long your family has farmed/ranched in the area.
Comments are due no later than March 20, 2014.
They should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your time, and please feel free to contact me via the information below if you have any questions or concerns.
Oregon Cattlemen's Association
V: (503) 361-8941x12
C: (541) 619-2705
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