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Interior Commits $14.6 Million in Economic Recovery Funding to Delta-Mendota Canal/California Aqueduct Intertie Pumping Plant, Underground Pipeline

With this ARRA award, Reclamation is initiating the construction phase of the project. The $14.6 million award was issued to Shimmick Construction of Oakland, Calif. for building a pumping station and underground pipeline connection, installing four pumps and motors and building an electrical switchyard. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2010 and be completed by early 2012.   Learn more

Recovery Funds Bring Jobs and High Tech to Water Monitoring

The USGS is investing $14.6 million to upgrade it’s nationwide streamgage network and companies in Ohio and Utah have kept and gained jobs as they manufacture a new generation of equipment to monitor and measure water flow and transmit the results.  Learn more.

Secretary Salazar Marks Anniversary of Recovery Act in Seattle, WA.

Under the Recovery Act, the Interior Department is investing $3 billion to conserve America’s timeless treasures. In Washington State, for example, the Department has started work on more than $100 million of its planned $150 million in Recovery Act projects providing much needed capital to dozens of local companies, creating new jobs, and leaving a lasting legacy in America’s great outdoors.  Learn more.

Secretary Salazar Announces $2.8 Million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding for Channel Rehabilitation Work in Arizona

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently got a first-hand look at the benefits of the Stimulus program at Audubon National Wildlife Refuge in Coleharbor, N.D. where workers are building a new environmentally friendly $6.1 million headquarters and visitor center. Secretary Salazar rolled up his sleeves, offering a helping hand at the facility being built by American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA) funds. Learn more

New Jobs Created as San Francisco Firm Awarded $4.3 Million for Irrigation Project

New jobs are being created and lives are changing, thanks to $4.3 million dollars in Recovery funding for construction of a new irrigation system at the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyoming. The San Francisco based firm, “Yerba Buena Engineering and Construction” was recently awarded the Recovery contract from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.   Learn more

Secretary Salazar Announces $2.8 Million in ARRA Funding for Channel Rehabilitation Work in Arizona

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that the Bureau of Reclamation has awarded $2.86 million to AKK-De Los Santos Construction Company of Chandler, Ariz. under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).   Learn more

Secretary Salazar Announces $47 Million More under Recovery Act to Improve Water Supplies for Indian Tribes

Today’s announcements apply to five tribes that will receive a total of $47 million-the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota; the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota; and the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. Reclamation previously has awarded $97 million and will award a total of $157 million in recovery funding to tribes for their water systems. Learn more

Secretary Salazar Awards $27.74 Million Contract for Construction of the Navajo Nation Municipal Pipeline

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that the Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a contract totaling $27.74 million to the Navajo Engineering and Construction Authority for the construction of Reaches 2 through 6 of the Navajo Nation Municipal Pipeline. NECA, a construction firm wholly-owned and operated by the Navajo Nation, will use the funds to construct the remaining 21-mile stretch (out of a total project of 29 miles) of the municipal pipeline. Learn More.

Recovery Act Funds Will Upgrade Earthquake Monitoring

Grants totaling $5 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are being awarded to 13 universities nationwide to upgrade critical earthquake monitoring networks and increase public safety.

“These stimulus grants will save lives as well as create jobs,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said today. “More than 75 million Americans in 39 states face the risk of earthquakes. Through the modernization of seismic networks and data processing centers, scientists will be able to provide emergency responders with more reliable, robust information to save lives and reduce economic losses. Learn more.

Interior Recovery Funds Will Help Historically Black Colleges and Universities Repair Historic Buildings

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that 20 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will be the beneficiaries of $14.25 million for historic preservation grants aimed at providing Learn more

$52.5 Million Recovery Project Gets Underway to Replace Rough Rock Community School

Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk joined Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley and other Indian Affairs and Navajo tribal officials September 16 in a ceremonial groundbreaking event for Phase II of a major school replacement and improvement project at the historic Rough Rock Community School on the Navajo Reservation in northeastern Arizona. The project is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and is being carried out under the Indian Affairs Office of Facilities, Environmental and Cultural Resources (OFECR) in conjunction with the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), the Navajo Nation and the Rough Rock Community School. Learn more

$20 Million Investment for Rural Water in North Central Montana

The $20 million investment in the Rocky Boys North Central Montana Regional Water System will treat water at Lake Elwell, south of Chester, and transmit it to approximately 43,000 users on Rocky Boys Indian Reservation and other communities in the region, including Big Sandy, Box Elder, Havre, the North Havre County Water District, the Hill County Water District and Chester, as well as communities farther west. This ARRA project will assist in implementing the Chippewa Cree Tribe’s water right settlement.  Learn More

Interior Invests $2.5 Million ARRA funds in Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Projects

With the ARRA funding, eight projects will support ESA compliance for Reclamation’s operation and maintenance activities on the lower Colorado River and establish more than 8,100 acres of riparian, marsh and backwater habitat and provide the capacity for growing more than 1.2 million endangered fish to the target size for introduction to the river system’s existing population. Learn More

BLM Awards Stimulus Contracts for Trail Projects in the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area

The Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area is kicking off BLM Colorado’s first American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project. The BLM Colorado State Office awarded $60,000 in ARRA funding to the Colorado Youth Corps Association to conduct trail maintenance, construction, and restoration work for the western slope of the Gunnison Gorge NCA. Another $35,000 in ARRA funding will go to Bicycle Colorado to design and begin planning on the Gunnison Gorge NCA trail system. Learn More

New Recipient Reporting Guidance

The Department of the Interior has release its guidance for recipients of Recovery contracts and grants.  Visit our recipient reporting page to find out more.

Secretary Salazar Highlights Recovery Act Investments, Job Creation during Tour of Grand Canyon National Park

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today visited the Grand Canyon’s South Rim to highlight $10.8 million in projects under President Obama’s economic recovery package that are creating jobs and stimulating the local economy. Learn More

Interior to Invest $7.8 Million in Economic Recovery Funding at Folsom Dam in California

The award by the Department of the Interior through President Obama’s economic recovery plan provides employment opportunities and an economic boost for the region. The refurbishment will be performed by Abide International, Sonoma, Calif. The upgrades to Folsom Dam will assure continued water deliveries for power, agricultural, urban, and industrial uses in California.  The intertie is designed to connect the Delta-Mendota Canal and the California Aqueduct via a new pipeline and pumping plant to help improve Delta-Mendota Canal conveyance limitations, allow for maintenance and repair activities, and provide the flexibility to respond to Central Valley Project and State Water Project emergency water operations. Learn more.

Bureau of Reclamation Awarded $16.6 Million Contract

The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $16.6 million contract under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for modifying the spillway piers and gates of Folsom Dam to resist seismic loadings. The work was awarded to Kiewit Pacific Co. of Concord, Calif. The company will make seismic improvements to the existing dam gates and piers, to include the installation of pier anchors and bracing, the replacement of existing gate arms and other equipment, and preparation and support activities.  Learn more

Jordan River National Fish Hatchery to celebrate completion of fish rearing facility at open house and dedication ceremony house on August 18, 2011
Aug 05, 2011

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Break Ground on “Green” Aquatic Conservation and Education Center
Mar 21, 2011

Recovery Act-funded project creates first Gila trout season in Arizona
Mar 07, 2011

Gulf Coast Recovery Act Project Halted by Oil Spill Resumes at Florida’s Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Oct 07, 2010

Groundbreaking for restoration project at Long Beach West
Sep 27, 2010

Interior Department’s American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Projects in National Spotlight from East to West
Sep 17, 2010

Economic Recovery Contract Helps Local Electrician Launch Business
Aug 03, 2010

Secretary Salazar Announces $14.6 Million of Economic Recovery Funding for Delta-Mendota Canal/California Aqueduct Intertie Pumping Plant, Underground Pipeline
Jul 30, 2010

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