WHEREAS efforts to balance the federal budget have resulted in various legislative proposals to abolish certain federal agencies; and
WHEREAS at least one proposal would include abolishing the U.S. Geological Survey; and
WHEREAS USGS maps remain the definitive source for vital information used by all other public land managers, and in western States, such mapping information is crucial; and
WHEREAS the USGS stream gauging program provides critical, impartial water data for water developers, water managers, and government agencies; and
WHEREAS the USGS has grown larger and more expensive than necessary to accomplish its mission, so that some budgeting reforms and reductions might be justified, but abolishing the USGS altogether would eliminate several federal functions considered vital in western Colorado.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that CLUB 20 opposes legislation that would abolish the U.S. Geological Survey.
Adopted 3/ 3/1995