Secretary Salazar Announces Department of the Interior Economic Stimulus Projects in the District of Columbia

Last edited 09/29/2021

Washington, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the Department of the Interior's projects under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for the District of Columbia. Across its Bureaus, the Department will invest $84.7 million in the District of Columbia as part of the recovery plan signed by the President to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st Century.

“As the steward of America's resources, our Department has a unique responsibility to carry out its mission in a transparent, open manner by arriving at policy decisions based on public input and ‘best science' practices,” said Secretary Salazar. “After a rigorous process of identifying merit-based projects that truly reflect the longstanding mission and priorities of our Bureaus, I am confident these investments meet the highest standards and will accomplish the goals as outlined by President Obama.”

DOI's ARRA investments in the District of Columbia support President Obama and Secretary Salazar's ambitious goals to build America's new energy future, to protect and restore our treasured landscapes, to create a 21st Century Youth Conservation Corps, to address America's water challenges, and to empower Native American communities.

Highlights of Initiatives funded through ARRA in the District of Columbia include:

National Park Service – $77.5 million in funding

  • Repairing the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, restoration of the Jefferson Memorial Plaza and seawall, and restoration of the District of Columbia War Memorial in the National Capital Parks
  • Rehabilitating Arlington House, outbuildings and grounds and completing phase II of the climate management system in the George Washington Memorial Parkway
  • Maintaining landscape features on the National Mall
  • Rehabilitation of trails and removal of exotic plants throughout the George Washington Memorial Parkway
  • Repair of historic canal towpath at Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

Bureau of Land Management – $7.2 million in funding

  • Multiple construction projects including bureau-wide building commissioning and metering infrastructure
  • Habitat restoration through native plant materials development

Secretary Salazar has pledged unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability in the implementation of the Department of the Interior's economic recovery projects. The public will be able to follow the progress of each project on and on Secretary Salazar has appointed a Senior Advisor for Economic Recovery, Chris Henderson, and an Interior Economic Recovery Task Force. Henderson and the Task Force will work closely with the Department of the Interior's Inspector General to ensure that the recovery program is meeting the high standards for accountability, responsibility, and transparency that President Obama has set.

For a complete list of projects for the District of Columbia, please click here:

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