U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke announced $50 million in approved funding to rebuild critical U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) infrastructure. The list includes projects like the rehabilitation of the water treatment system at the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Fish Hatchery in Vermont, replacing the Mary Lake fishing pier at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado and repairing Sandy Point public access road at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in Texas—all dire maintenance and repair projects contributing to $1.4 billion backlog facing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages 566 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management areas and operates national fish hatcheries, fish technology centers and fish health centers. The agency is responsible for more than $46 billion in constructed real property assets that include over 25,000 structures (e.g., buildings and water management structures,) as well as, nearly 14,000 roads, bridges, and dams.
Alaska will receive more than $5.7 million for projects at wildlife refuges in the State. Below is a list of those projects.
Approved Fiscal Year 2018 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service construction projects in Alaska:
|Unit Name||Project Title||State||Total $|
|Arctic National Wildlife Refuge||1002 Area Oil Exploration Readiness – Improvements to existing facilities and construction of outbuildings to support heightened levels of activity.||AK||$4,000,000|
|Kenai National Wildlife Refuge||Rehabilitate Salamatof Public Access Boardwalk.||AK||$950,000|
|Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge||Rehabilitate Deadman Bay Public Use Cabin.||AK||$148,000|
|Kenai National Wildlife Refuge||Rehabilitate Bear Creek Public Access Trail.||AK||$77,000|
|Kenai National Wildlife Refuge||Rehabilitate Salamatof Public Use Boat Ramp.||AK||$230,000|
|Kenai National Wildlife Refuge||Rehabilitate Pollard Loop Public Access Trail.||AK||$75,000|
|Kenai National Wildlife Refuge||Rehabilitate Doroshin Bay Public Use Cabin.||AK||$50,000|
|Kenai National Wildlife Refuge||Repair Drake Lake Public Access Trail.||AK||$75,000|
|Togiak National Wildlife Refuge||Rehabilitate Togiak Public Use Cabin.||AK||$127,000|
|Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge||Rehabilitate North Frazer Public Use Cabin.||AK||$52,000|
|Kenai National Wildlife Refuge||Rehabilitate Moose Creek Public Use Trail.||AK||$77,000|
For a complete USFWS project list please click here – Department of Interior – website.