Spend plans submitted to Congress outline infrastructure investments that will deliver direct benefits to communities
Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2022
WASHINGTON — Several bureaus across the Department of the Interior submitted to Congress their fiscal year 2022 blueprints for implementing President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law this week, marking a significant step in the Department’s efforts to help communities tackle the climate crisis and address legacy pollution while creating good-paying union jobs, advancing environmental justice, boosting local economies and upholding the federal trust responsibility to Tribes.
“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is an opportunity for us to meet the moment and make critical investments in our climate and physical infrastructure. It will help ensure a healthy planet for current and future generations while creating jobs and advancing environmental justice,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “From cleaning toxic pollution and conserving habitats to protecting from drought and wildfires, the Department’s roadmap to implementing this historic law underscores how communities across the nation will directly benefit from these investments.”
As required by the Infrastructure Law, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Wildland Fire, and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement have submitted their official spend plans to the U.S. Congress. The Department also submitted spend plans outlining efforts to plug and reclaim orphaned oil and gas wells, as well as a spend plan outlining efforts to restore ecosystems and protect habitats.
The spend plans outline how the Interior Department and bureaus will stand up new programs and expand existing work to deliver results by building resilience to the devastating effects of drought and wildfires, putting Americans to work to clean up legacy pollution, strengthening Tribal water infrastructure and climate resilience, and identifying domestic supplies of mineral resources needed to advance new technologies.
Programs authorized and appropriated by the Infrastructure Law, and outlined in bureau spend plans, include:
The Law also invests in supporting and protecting communities by funding:
Additional information about each bureau’s spend plans can be accessed on the Department’s infrastructure webpage.