FWS suspends proposal for refuge restrictions
By the Mohave Daily News.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will suspend its proposal to limit boating activities at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, a decision hailed as a “victory for Lake Havasu” by Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar.
Gosar had been one of the more vocal critics of the FWS’ draft recreational boating compatibility determination, which would have extended no-wake areas and restricted motorized boating and some other recreational activities in an area of the wildlife refuge.
“Today, the people of Lake Havasu City and its stakeholders scored a monumental victory in the fight against bureaucratic overreach,” Gosar said in a release distributed by his Washington office. “Standing together, as a unified community, we were able to block a terrible proposal put forth by the Fish and Wildlife Service that aimed to close significant areas on Lake Havasu to tubing, waterskiing, fishing and wakeboarding. Ultimately, the service could not hide from the thousands of voices demanding that the will of the people be heard.”
The decision by Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, Southwest Regional Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, came three days after the close of a public comment period — a period that had been extended by 30 days following the furor the proposals generated when they were released in the compatibility determination April 12.
“This victory should put all overreaching federal agencies on notice: the
American people are done with big government overreach,” Gosar said. “We refuse to tolerate lawless, unelected bureaucrats imposing their own political agenda on our communities.”
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