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

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 Wisconsin. Across its Bureaus, the Department will invest $28.6 million in Wisconsin 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't 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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin include:

U.S. Geological Survey – $14 million in funding

  • Deferred Maintenance
  • Streamgage upgrades

Fish & Wildlife Service – $7.4 million in funding

  • Lake Michigan shoreline restoration for critical migratory bird stopover on land trust preserve through the Great Lakes Northern Coastal Program
  • Wetland revegetation and hydrologic improvement in the Lake Superior through the Wisconsin Partners for Fish and Wildlife

Bureau of Indian Affairs – $7.1 million in funding

  • Roads and bridges maintenance
  • Workforce training
  • Construction

National Park Service – $60,000 in funding

  • Rehabilitation of deteriorating hiking trails in the Saint Croix National Scenic River
  • Repair of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail

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 Wisconsin, please click here:

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