December 06, 2006

Wyden, Smith Secure FundsFor Oregon Natural Resource Projects

Federal Dollars will support watershed programs,wildlife refuge improvement and other projects

Washington, DC- U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced that Oregon could soon receive nearly $5 million, and share in additional funds for natural resource projects across the state. Wyden and Smith secured this funding as part of the Senate's FY2007 Interior funding bill, approved this week by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill will now be considered by the full Senate for approval.

"Part of what makes Oregon so special is the unique combination of natural beauty and rich natural resources our state has, and we need to protect them for generations to come," said Wyden. "The funds included in this legislation will do just that, helping to sustain Oregon 's natural resources for the future while providing an economic boost to our state's rural communities."

"Oregonians appreciate nature's abundance and believe in a balanced approach to sustainability," said Smith. "These funds are vital to Oregon communities' environmental priorities. With this support, Oregon's cities and counties will be able to pursue innovative approaches to conserving our natural resources."

Following is a list of Oregon projects funded by the bill:

  • $2.475 million in land acquisition for the Upper Klamath Lake National Wildlife Refuge;

  • $1.4 million for the Oregon watershed cooperative research program;

  • South Eugene Hills would receive $460,000 for the Forest Legacy project;

  • The City of Coburg would receive $300,000 for a wastewater system; and

  • $200,000 for Advair Village sewer system improvements.

In addition, Oregon will share in $500,000 with Washington state for projects along the Columbia River Gorge