Secretary Salazar Announces Department of the Interior Economic Stimulus Projects in North Dakota

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 North Dakota. Across its Bureaus, the Department will invest $87.8 million in North Dakota 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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota include:

Bureau of Reclamation – $59,000,000 in funding

  • Completion of the construction of a new water treatment plan in the Garrison Diversion Rural Water system

Bureau of Indian Affairs – $19,439,000 in funding

  • Housing improvements
  • Roads and bridges maintenance
  • Workforce training

Fish & Wildlife Service – $8,399,000 in funding

  • Maintenance and construction throughout nine U.S. Fish and Wildlife refuges, games preserves, fish hatcheries and wetland management districts

U.S. Geological Survey – $471,000 in funding

  • Deferred Maintenance
  • Streamgage upgrades

Bureau of Land Management – $350,000 in funding

  • Multiple projects including habitat restoration, trails maintenance, construction and deferred maintenance

National Park Service – $107,000 in funding

  • Relocation of a sewage grinder and lift station to the exterior of the visitor center at the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

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 in North Dakota, please click here:

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