- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 28, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Rep. Norm Dicks, Washington Democrat and chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on the interior, deserves support - not criticism - for his leadership in restoring Puget Sound and America’s other great waters (“Lawmaker boosts funds for son’s project,” Page 1, Thursday). Millions of people depend on the Puget Sound, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Florida Everglades, Long Island Sound, San Francisco Bay and other iconic U.S. waters for their jobs, health and way of life.

Yet these waters face serious threats. Sewage contamination, invasive species, habitat destruction and climate change hurt the environment and the economy. Inaction or delay in addressing these threats will make the problems worse and the solutions more costly.

The good news is that we have manageable solutions to these problems, and Mr. Dicks, Congress and President Obama are to be congratulated for moving forward to fund solutions that create jobs, safeguard public health and protect our way of life.

ADAM KOLTON

Senior director of congressional and federal affairs

National Wildlife Federation

Bethesda

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