ACTION ALERT Hi Information about this Action Alert was sent in the recent CCA Connect. There is still time to respond to your U.S. House member and U.S. Senators. Please read below and take TAKE ACTION today. Washington Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler has been joined by Oregon Congressman Kurt Schrader in introducing legislation to better protect endangered Columbia, Willamette, and Snake River salmon and steelhead from predation from marine mammals. CCA was prominently mentioned in the Congressional press release, which included a quote from CCA's Gary Loomis. The bill just received a hearing on Thursday, July 23 in the House Natural Resources Committee. Now is the time to weigh in with your federal representatives in support of the legislation! H.R. 564 would authorize NOAA, the states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho, as well as the Columbia River treaty tribes, to remove sea lions from areas where they are negatively impacting endangered Columbia River basin salmonid runs. Under current law, the removal process is cumbersome, ineffectual, and only applies to the Columbia just below Bonneville Dam. In five short years, the number of sea lions counted in the Columbia River at Astoria has increased tenfold, from about 200 to nearly 2,500 this year. A recent estimate from NOAA found that sea lions may be consuming as much as 45% of the endangered Columbia River spring Chinook run. Expanding populations of sea lions (California and Stellar) are having a significant impact on other species, including sturgeon. Please take action now to send a pre-drafted email to your U.S. House member and U.S. Senators encouraging them to support a solution to this growing problem. Congress will only take action if they hear from all of us!