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HUFFMAN GETS TOP FISHERIES SPOT IN CA ASSEMBLY

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HUFFMAN GETS TOP FISHERIES SPOT IN CA ASSEMBLY: California Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) was appointed Chairman of the Water, Parks, & Wildlife Committee, considered the top fisheries post in the California Assembly. The Committee oversees fish and game, parks and recreation, water resources and flood management and will benefit by having the avid fisherman, former Marin Municipal Water District Director and Natural Resources Defense Council lawyer at its helm. Already Huffman has called for an overhaul of the Department of Fish and Game (DFG), citing the huge amount of science Legislators rely on from the DFG in decision making. “I think it’s time to refocus, if not re-invent, the agency,” said Huffman. “…DFG doesn’t always act like a full-fledged resource protection agency.” He also wants to see more funding supplied by Legislators to the DFG, which has suffered with a 27% budget decrease from last year.

Huffman has placed “protecting and restoring our fisheries” among his top priorities, and in addition to revamping the Department of Fish & Game, has called for closer looks at the collapse of the Delta ecosystem from issues such as water exports, poor land use planning, invasive species, and polluted runoff. He hopes to create and engage strategies to restore the Delta while improving flood management and increasing water supply reliability. Read more about Jared Huffman’s appointment in the 10 July 2008 Marin Independent Journal at www.marinij.com/sanrafael/ci_9842028 http://www.marinij.com/sanrafael/ci_9842028 .

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