Digest of Federal Resource Laws of Interest to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Elwha River Ecosystem and Fisheries Restoration Act

Elwha River Ecosystem and Fisheries Restoration Act -- Public Law 102-495, signed October 24, 1992 (106 Stat. 3173) provides for efforts to restore the fisheries and ecosystem of the Elwha River basin in Washington State, as follows:

- the precise terms of the acquisition;

- alternatives in lieu of dam removal for restoration of the ecosystem, fisheries, and wildlife;

- specific proposals for management of all lands or interests therein to be acquired, including suitability for inclusion of such lands or any portion thereof in the National Wildlife Refuge System;

- specific proposals to protect the quality and quantity of water available for municipal and industrial use; and

- identification of any non-Federal entities (excluding Indian tribes) which might benefit from restoration of the ecosystem and fisheries, if the Secretary believes such entities should share the costs, in which case specific provisions for cost sharing shall also be included in the report.

The legislative history includes: Senate Report 102-447 and Congressional Record pages H11856 - 58, October 5, 1992; S16498 - 99, October 3, 1992; E1089, April 10, 1992; and S4838 - 39, April 2, 1992.

The National Park Service has been delegated overall responsibility by the Department. Region 1 is responsible for coordination of implementation actions to be taken by the Fish and Wildlife Service, in consultation with the Division of Habitat Conservation, Office of Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance, Division of Realty, and Division of Refuges.

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