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Salazar Preserves Wyoming’s Say

April 12, 2013 Greater Yellowstone, State of Wyoming No Comments
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Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says his Department will not designate watersheds as Blueways without first receiving a letter of support from each state that is home to the watershed.  Salazar’s commitment came late last month in response to a February letter from the Wyoming delegation expressing concern over the potential designation of entire Wyoming watersheds as federal “Blueways.”  Of concern to the Wyoming delegation was the creation of a new federal waterway designation without Congress’ approval, its potential impact on water rights and use, and the lack of a public process prior to designation.  Specifically, the Interior Department was considering the Yellowstone River for that designation, effectively limiting the uses of the waterway. The delegation responded to the Secretary’s assurances just as Salazar was retiring from his position saying they appreciate the Secretary’s commitment to letting Wyoming manage its own water and looks forward to assurances that the commitment is honored in the future.

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