The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) maintains many structural facilities to support visitors and users of the BLM’s National System of Public Lands. To help maintain these facilities, the BLM invests in capital improvements, including replacing aging and deficient communication towers; constructing facilities at popular recreation sites; installing energy-efficient systems on buildings to reduce energy use and related costs; repairing or replacing comfort stations, potable water systems and waste water treatment facilities; constructing new BLM facilities consistent with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards; and replacing buildings due to critical health and safety issues.
|$41.5 million will be used to fund 96 construction projects on BLM lands.|
|$76 Million will be used to fund 142 deferred maintenance projects.|
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds will accelerate the completion of projects on the BLM’s 5-Year Deferred Maintenance and Capital Improvement Plan. As a result, projects ranked lower in the Five-Year Planning process will be completed earlier than anticipated through annual federal program appropriations.
Recovery Act Funding
The BLM received $305 million to help stimulate the economy through investments in the National System of Public Lands. A total of $41.5 million will be used to fund 95 construction projects, and nearly $76 million will be used to fund 142 deferred maintenance projects that address visitor and employee health and safety needs, energy efficiency, and the sustainability of BLM buildings, facilities, and structures.
Construction of capital improvements and deferred maintenance will result in energy-efficient retrofits on buildings and structures managed by the BLM. In many cases, energy-generating technologies, such as photovoltaic panels and wind turbines, will reduce the cost of operating these facilities. The construction and deferred maintenance projects funded by ARRA include the addition of LEED buildings, as well as the improvement of sustainable features of all structures as called for under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Overall, these efforts are expected to help decrease annual maintenance and operating cost through the installation of energy efficient technologies and sustainable material components. An important component of these projects is the BLM’s plan to dispose of deteriorating and obsolete assets, which will eliminate unsafe, underutilized, or inefficient buildings and structures the BLM maintains.