2000 to Present Day

2000 - Water Resources Development Act - Authorized the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan in Florida, up to that point the largest ecosystem restoration project in the nation's history.

2000 - Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act - Established the state wildlife grants program, which provides funding to the states to implement comprehensive state wildlife conservation strategies (known today as Wildlife Action Plans). In response to this funding opportunity, for the first time in history, every state and territory prepared a detailed blueprint for the conservation of the full array of species and habitats within its boundaries. Today, these Action Plans provide a roadmap for building a national habitat network for future generations.

2002 - Farm Security and Rural Investment Act - NWF was a major force in this renewal of the Farm Bill in securing the establishment of the Grasslands Reserve Program, a voluntary program to provide assistance to landowners in restoring, managing and protecting their grazing lands to prevent their conversion to other uses. 

2004 - Bunning-Bereauter-Blumenauer Flood Insurance Reform Act - Expanded NFIP funding for flood hazard mitigation and voluntary buyouts of repetitively flooded and severe repetitively flooded residences and businesses.

2006 - The Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act - Reauthorized and increased the grants program from the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of 1990. Also increased funding for National Fish and Wildlife Service regional projects proposed by states and tribes.

2007 - Water Resources Development Act - Set major policy reforms of Army Corps of Engineers water development programs sought by NWF and conservation organizations by requiring outside independent reviews of plans for costly and controversial Corps projects, detailed fish and wildlife mitigation plans and annual monitoring and reporting of progress toward mitigation success for all Corps projects and revision and modernization of quarter-century old federal water project planning rules called the Principles and Guidelines. Authorized large-scale ecosystem restoration projects for wetlands of Coastal Louisiana and the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

2007 - Energy Independence and Security Act - Created the Renewable Fuel Standard, which increased bio-fuel standards, and significantly strengthened vehicle fuel economy standards.

2008 - Food Conservation and Energy Act - NWF developed the legislative concept and successfully lobbied for inclusion of a new program in the farm bill energy title, the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. This program is helping landowners begin to grow biomass crops in a sustainable manner, for next generation bio-fuels and bio-energy. NWF also helped to craft and win passage of the first-ever tax incentive for farmers to help recover threatened and endangered species. This new tax deduction for activities taken pursuant to Endangered Species Act recovery plans represented the first significant amendment to the ESA in twenty years, one that addresses a longstanding need to help those landowners who seek to go above and beyond the law to help endangered wildlife.

2008 - Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Water Resources Compact - Congress approved an eight-state Compact that rewrites the water laws of each of the eight states to protect the Great Lakes from diversions and unwise water use. NWF led the development of the Compact language and the campaign for its passage.

2008 - Great Lakes Legacy Act - Congress re-authorized the Great Lakes Legacy Act for another three years at $54 million per year. The program aims to clean up some of the most polluted sites around the region-so-called Areas of Concern-that suffer from a legacy of toxic pollution threatens the health of both people and wildlife. The next year the program received a significant boost in President Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (see 2009). NWF and the coalition it co-chairs and staffs were leaders in this effort.

2008 - EPA Veto of Yazoo Backwater Pumps, MS - After more than sixty years of controversy, the USEPA applied a seldom used power under Section 404 (c) of the Clean Water Act to veto the Army Corps of Engineers proposed Yazoo Backwater Pumps project in the Mississippi Delta region of the State of Mississippi. This primarily land drainage project threatened to damage or destroy more than 200,000 acres of Mississippi Delta wetlands and bottomland hardwood forests, among the richest areas of waterfowl habitat and biological diversity in North America. For more than three decades NWF and affiliate Mississippi Wildlife Federation battled this ill-conceived project, joined by other NWF affiliates and conservation partners from across the nation.

2009 - Omnibus Public Lands Management Act - Designated three new national parks, four national trails, three conservation areas, ten national heritage areas, and a national monument in nine different states. The act added over 1,100 miles to the Wild and Scenic River system and increased wilderness areas by roughly two million acres. The act also codified the National Landscape Conservation System as part of the Department of the Interior. 

2009 - Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act - Working with conservation partners, NWF helped secure language authorizing the Obama administration to quickly repeal damaging Endangered Species Act regulations put in place at the eleventh hour of the Bush administration. The regulations would have eliminated the role of expert biologists in reviewing and modifying federal activities that are harmful to threatened and endangered species and their habitats. The Obama Administration quickly utilized its newly-won authority and voided the Bush regulations.

2009 - Great Lakes Restoration Initiative - After a 5-year campaign led by NWF, Congress approved and the President signed a $475 million appropriation for Great Lakes protection, the largest in history. This appropriation is the first year's funding of the GLRI, a $5 billion commitment from President Obama.

 

 

 

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