The Interior Dept. is maintaining its aggressive pace in committing economic-stimulus funds for construction and maintenance projects around the country. Interior’s National Park Service on April 22 released a $750-million list of projects to be funded under the stimulus measure, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The roster contains 766 projects, including work on a wide range of buildings, monuments, trails and water and sewer lines.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar followed up the park news on April 25 by rolling out the $500-million stimulus plan for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, including $278 million for schools and $143 million for road improvements. On April 26 Salazar released the breakdown of the $280- million stimulus program for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, including $227 million for infrastructure projects and $50 million for habitat restoration.