Funding provided through Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will advance the Interior Department’s restoration and resilience framework
BOISE, Idaho—During remarks at the Society of Environmental Journalists Annual Conference in Boise, Idaho, today, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced a $125 million investment from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to restore the nation’s lands and waters. The funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law advances the Department’s restoration and resilience framework unveiled last month, which will put people to work in locally led landscape restoration projects driven by collaborative partnerships while advancing climate resilience.
“With an extraordinary $2 billion from the President’s Investing in America agenda, we have an opportunity to restore our lands and waters. Historic investments in ecosystem restoration and resilience are a significant down payment in protecting our shared natural heritage,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “At a time when tackling the climate and biodiversity crises could not be more critical, these investments in clean water, clean air, wildlife habitat, cultural resources and open spaces will benefit people, wildlife and local economies for generations to come.”
The funding, to be spent over the next four years, will support 240 locally led projects that advance goals laid out in the framework.
Build Resilient Communities
Nearly $22 million will help build resilient communities in the wake of more intense wildfires, record drought and more frequent inland and coastal flooding, including:
Restore Healthy Lands and Waters
More than $41 million will support healthy lands and waters, including through coordinated investments to restore rivers and grasslands, support healthy island ecosystems and conserve cultural resources. Projects include:
Enhancing Local Communities
Nearly $36 million will go towards enhancing communities' quality of life by building healthy ecosystems, addressing legacy pollution and improving outdoor spaces, including:
National Frameworks for Restoration and Resilience
Funding will also support national frameworks that advance coordinated restoration, including:
Today’s announcement follows a $68 million investment provided last year for ecosystem restoration projects. Learn more about Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding for ecosystem restoration and view the full project list on the Department’s website.