Presenter Information

Serena McClain, American Rivers

Location

UMass Amherst

Event Website

http://fishpassage.ecs.umass.edu/Conference2012/

Start Date

5-6-2012 11:10 AM

End Date

5-6-2012 11:30 AM

Description

The presence of strong fish passage laws, particularly with enforcement mechanisms in place, can provide greater opportunity for restoration success. However, these laws, when present, vary significantly from state to state in how they are applied and enforced. This presentation will offer an overview of state fish passage laws around the country and examine where these regulations are most effective in terms of how they are applied and whether they are enforced. We will look at specific recommendations for states without fish passage laws or those whose laws have no teeth. Finally, we will briefly survey case law on what impact, if any, it has had on existing laws.

Comments

Serena McClain has worked in the river restoration field for nearly eleven years, focusing largely on dam removal planning. Serena works with local and national stakeholders to demonstrate how to enhance safety, quality of life and economic development by restoring the natural function of rivers. In addition to helping formulate policy and messaging work on river restoration, she manages American Rivers-NOAA partnership funding and manages restoration projects throughout Maryland and Virginia.

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Jun 5th, 11:10 AM Jun 5th, 11:30 AM

Session A1 - Examining State Fish Passage Laws: Applicability and Enforcement

UMass Amherst

The presence of strong fish passage laws, particularly with enforcement mechanisms in place, can provide greater opportunity for restoration success. However, these laws, when present, vary significantly from state to state in how they are applied and enforced. This presentation will offer an overview of state fish passage laws around the country and examine where these regulations are most effective in terms of how they are applied and whether they are enforced. We will look at specific recommendations for states without fish passage laws or those whose laws have no teeth. Finally, we will briefly survey case law on what impact, if any, it has had on existing laws.

http://scholarworks.umass.edu/fishpassage_conference/2012/June5/12