STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD,
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON WATER AND POWER,
OF THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE,
CONCERNING THE NATIONAL BLUEWAYS SYSTEM.
West Plains, Missouri
July 29, 2013
Mr. Chairman and members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to provide the views of the Department of the Interior (Interior) on the National Blueways System.
Attached to this Statement for the Record is the statement provided to the Subcommittee on July 17, 2013, which provides a full discussion of the National Blueways System.
On July 17, 2013, Secretary Jewell announced a pause in the National Blueways program to allow her to review and better understand the program and the issues that have been raised.No new recognitions will be made by the Secretary under this program until the conclusion of her review and an assessment of the future of the program.