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

Great Lakes Critical Programs Act of 1990

Great Lakes Critical Programs Act of 1990 -- Public Law 101-596 (104 Stat. 3000, enacted November 16, 1990) contains several titles relating to the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, Long Island Sound, and Lake Onondaga. Provisions directly authorizing Service activities are contained in title III, the "Lake Champlain Special Designation Act of 1990" (33 U.S.C. 1251 note), which requires the Service to:

The Service is authorized to conduct general activities to: control sea lampreys and other non-indigenous aquatic animal nuisances, improve the health of fishery resources, and update surveys of fishery resources.

Appropriations of $1 million are authorized through Fiscal Year 1995 for the Department of the Interior, including activities to be conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey as well as by the Fish and Wildlife Service.

The legislative history for this title is contained in the following documents: H.R. 4063, the Lake Champlain Special Designation Act of 1990, as introduced on February 21, 1990; S. 2074, the Lake Champlain Special Designation Act of 1990, as introduced on February 6, 1990; and pages S15616-25 of the October 17, 1990, Congressional Record reporting Senate passage of a substitute amendment for H.R. 4323 including the Lake Champlain title.

Public Law 104-127, Title III, 336(a)(2)(F), April 4, 1996, 110 Stat. 1005 amends the law to designate Lake Champlain as a priority area under the environmental quality incentives program established by the Food Security Act of 1985.

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