A couple of key take home messages from this morning:
- John Seeronen pointed out that AM does not excuse an agency from meeting regulatory requirements under other legislation.
- Erik Blechinger gave a preview of some future guidance from the USACE on the overall goals of ecosystem recovery - it will seek strategies to simultaneously maximize economic, social and environmental outcomes. Hm. I thought it was well known that it is impossible to simultaneously maximize more than one objective.
- Never, ever, use black text on a dark blue background for a powerpoint. Never. 'nuff said.
- John Cooper, who has spent alot of time in DC and is a past president of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies said that AM plans must deal with climate change, somehow.
The afternoon was parallel sessions on BiOp actions and Pallid Sturgeon. I hung out mostly in the sturgeon sessions trying to learn something useful. What I learned is that there is a tremendous amount of information accumulating, what analysis is being done is fragmented across agencies, and none of it is connected to the decision making. And, despite some assertions to the contrary, decisions are being made.