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

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 Louisiana. Across its Bureaus, the Department will invest $4.3 million in Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana include:

Fish & Wildlife Service – more than $2.6 million in funding

  • Demolish 17 miles of levee and return it to productive habitat at Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge
  • Construct a pole shed at Grand Cote NWR
  • Replace a worn boat dock at Lacassine NWR

National Park Service – more than $1.1 million in funding

  • Maintenance and repairs at both the Cane River Creole National Historic Park
  • Maintenance and repairs at the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve

U.S. Geological Survey – $516,000 in funding

  • Deferred maintenance and upgrade of streamgages with High Data Rate Satellite Radios

Bureau of Indian Affairs – $136,000 in funding

  • Road and bridge maintenance projects benefitting local Indian tribes

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 Louisiana please click here:

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