There are a number of fishing groups and individuals fishermen that are also wanting a lead ban. Personally I don't have a dog in this fight 'cause I don't use lead weight to fish with. Still, when the same people tried to tell me that the use of lead anchors presents a similar danger to the river enviroment is when I realized they are not in touch with reality. Lead is an inert element and does not dissolve in fresh water so using lead in a form that is not ingestible does no harm to the enviroment. I was told that after a year of dropping my anchor and scrapping it on the bottom it would lose up to 60% of its lead. I have been using a 30 pound lead anchor on my boat for about 10 years now and it still weighs 30 pounds. Once again these people push out false information in the over zealous persuit of their agenda.