Secretary Salazar Announces Department of the Interior Economic Stimulus Projects in Kansas

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 Kansas. Across its Bureaus, the Department will invest $8.7 million in Kansas 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 Kansas 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 Kansas include:

Bureau of Indian Affairs – $4.1 million in funding

  • Multiple construction projects
  • Roads and bridges maintenance
  • Workforce training

Bureau of Reclamation – $2.6 million in funding

  • Spillway approach concrete repair and stabilization in the Glen Elder Unit

Fish & Wildlife Service – $1.2 million in funding

  • Multiple repair projects in three National Wildlife Refuges including the rehabilitating bridges, an accessible trail and the office/visitor center at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge
  • Rehabilitating terraces and checking dams, along with several other projects, in Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge

U.S. Geological Survey – $660,000 in funding

  • Deferred Maintenance
  • Streamgage upgrades

National Park Service – $105,000 in funding

  • Replacement of outdated electric heaters, furnaces and heat pumps at Fort Scott

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 Kansas please click here:

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