Project part of $50 Million in repairs to be done to address aging wildlife refuge and fish hatchery infrastructure

WASHINGTON— U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced $497,000 in funding approved for critical U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service infrastructure in Montana. $179,000 will go to replace irrigation laterals in Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. $170,000 will go to replace the Public Use Boat Dock and repair the Public Use Boat Launch and Public Use Accessible Trail in Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge. $87,000 will go to replace the public use toilet at River March Campground in Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. $61,000 will be used to repair the Public Use Observation Tower in Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge. This is part of $50 million going to a list of projects across the country to address dire maintenance and repair projects contributing to the $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 over $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.

“The President is a builder, he loves to build and he loves our public lands, so it is a natural fit that the Trump Administration is dedicating so much attention to rebuilding our aging Fish and Wildlife Service infrastructure. ​These approved projects are more than just line items on an Excel spreadsheet. For many sportsmen and women, National Wildlife Refuges are the only opportunities they have to hunt or fish," said Secretary Zinke. "These projects have a tangible effect on a person’s experience when hunting, fishing or visiting a wildlife refuge. Today’s announcement is another step toward eliminating the $1.4 billion in maintenance facing our nation’s refuges and hatcheries. It’s another step toward prioritizing infrastructure because it is an investment that bolsters local economies. And it is another step in prioritizing access for all Americans to our public lands.”

Secretary Zinke has made tackling Interior’s deferred maintenance backlog one of his top priorities. In April, he signed a memorandum of understanding committing Interior to follow President Trump’s One Federal Decision framework for processing of environmental reviews and permits for major infrastructure projects. In March, Interior announced the Secretary’s partnership with Congress on a bipartisan bill to address rebuild and repair National Park Service infrastructure.

Approved Fiscal Year 2018 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service construction projects:

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
Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Facility Improvements to Increase Access and Management Capabilities. AL 5,443,000
Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge Repair Woodland Pond Public Access Trail. AR 195,000
Norfork National Fish Hatchery Repair Raceway Drain Areas. AR 650,000
Alchesay National Fish Hatchery Rehabilitate Water Supply Pipelines: Install a Bank of Radial Flow Settlers for B-Bank Raceways, Rehabilitate Service Building 2. AZ 25,000
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Levee and Water Control Structure Rehabilitation, Phase I of III. CA 6,400,000
Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Repair Main Public Access Road. CA 301,000
Modoc National Wildlife Refuge Repair Public Access Road. CA 50,000
San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Replace Sousa Marsh Public Observation Platform. CA 163,000
Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge Repair Imperial Beach Blvd Public Use Observation Platform. CA 91,000
Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Replace Hookton Slough Vault Toilet at Hunting Parking Lot. CA 125,000
National Black-footed Ferret Center Pre-conditioning Pens and Facility Rehabilitation, Repair, and New Construction. CO 3,588,000
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Replace Lake Ladora Public Restroom at Fishing Access Point. CO 70,000
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Replace Lake Mary Public Access Floating Boardwalk. CO 616,000
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Replace Mary Lake Fishing Pier. CO 65,000
Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge Repair Dixie Mainline Public Access Road. FL 107,000
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Rehabilitate Route #300 Public Access Road. GA 168,000
Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge Repair Keithsburg Boat Landing Parking Lot. IA 126,000
Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge Repair Bear Lake Public Use Road. ID 95,000
Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge Repair Bellrose Levee on Big Creek Road. IL 204,000
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge Replace Falling Timber Public Access Bridge, Shape Charge Road. IN 673,000
Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge Repair Public Parking Areas and Kiosk. KS 105,000
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Replace Public Access Boardwalk Trail. MA 382,000
North Attleboro National Fish Hatchery Replace Flow Meters. MA 31,000
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge Replace Spurwink Public Fishing Pier. ME 294,000
Pendills Creek and Sullivan Creek National Fish Hatchery Effluent Treatment System Modernization. MI 1,970,006
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge-Winona District Rehabilitate Winona Public Fishing and Boating Facilities. MN 117,000
Rydell National Wildlife Refuge Replace Public Use Observation Deck. MN 375,000
Fergus Falls WMD Replace Stony Brook Waterfowl Production Area Water Control Structure. MN 77,000
Hillside National Wildlife Refuge Repair Tipton Bayou Public Use Trail Culverts. MS 67,000
St Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge Replace Armstrong Ditch Public Access Bridge. MS 447,000
Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge Replace Public Use Boat Dock and Repair Public Use Boat Launch. MT 114,000
Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Replace Public Use Toilet at River March Campground. MT 87,000
Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge Repair Public Use Accessible Trail. MT 56,000
Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge Repair Public Use Observation Tower. MT 61,000
Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge Replace Irrigation Laterals. MT 179,000
Edenton National Fish Hatchery Replace Cement Catch Basins, Rehabilitate Shad Spawning Building. NC 956,000
Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge Replace West Arrowwood Coulee Lake Public Access Trail. ND 194,000
J Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge Replace 3 Public Use Pit Toilets. ND 166,000
Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Rehabilitate Wetland Learning Site Public Access Trail. ND 307,000
J Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge Rehabilitate Public Picnic Area and Access Trail. ND 40,000
Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery Replace Sturgeon Building. ND 100,000
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge Replace Public Restroom at Headquarters Facility. NM 180,000
Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge Repair Public Access Trail Route #303. NM 164,000
Southwestern Native Aquatic Resources and Recovery Center Repair Well 3 and Generator. NM 18,000
Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Water Re-use and Well System Modernization. NV 3,500,000
Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge Repair Stillwater Point Reservoir Public Use Observation Platform. NV 160,000
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Rehabilitate Public Access Road, West Gate. OK 80,000
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Repair Public Access Bridges, Headquarters Entrance and Blue Beaver Creek. OK 76,000
Ozark Plateau National Wildlife Refuge Replace Public use Pavilion on Looney Tract. OK 84,000
Little River National Wildlife Refuge Repair Black Creek Public Access Road and Parking. OK 173,000
Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge Repair Public Access Parking and Observation Tower, Route #103. OK 125,000
Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge Replace Public Access Boardwalk, Cussetah Bottoms. OK 282,000
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Rehabilitate Public Access Road, Route #011. OK 282,000
Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge Rehabilitate Sand Creek Fishing Access Road. OK 245,000
Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge Rehabilitate Montezuma Creek Public Access Road and Construct Parking Area. OK 64,000
Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge Repair Public Access Road. OK 192,000
Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery Rehabilitate Oklahoma Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office Building. OK 191,000
Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge Replace Pump House Public Access Bridge. OR 1,397,000
Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge Replace Gaston Public Access Bridge. OR 577,000
Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery Replace Sand Filter, Remove Pollution Abatement Pond Sediment Load. OR 176,000
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum Rehabilitate Public Access Trail. PA 160,000
Laguna Cartagena National Wildlife Refuge Replace Northeast Canal Public Access Bridge. PR 550,000
Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery Rehabilitate Drainage Canal, Rehabilitate Pond #3. SC 317,000
Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge Rehabilitate Outdoor Recreational Infrastructure. SD 98,000
Waubay National Wildlife Refuge Rehabilitate Public Use Shelter. SD 75,000
Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery Replace Fish Pond Liners (2 of 35 Ponds). SD 424,000
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge Repair Sandy Point Public Access Road. TX 109,000
Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge Rehabilitate Public Campground and Picnic Area. TX 86,000
Uvalde National Fish Hatchery Repair Spurgeon Well. TX 30,000
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Repair Public Access Trail. VA 647,000
Dwight D Eisenhower National Fish Hatchery Rehabilitate Water Treatment System. VT 513,000
Carson National Fish Hatchery Repair Adult Fish Holding Pond Surface. WA 395,000
Quilcene National Fish Hatchery Repair Raceway Decks C and D with Epoxy, Rehabilitate Production Raceway Covers on D Deck. WA 422,000
Abernathy Fish Technology Center Replace Inclined Screens. WA 61,000
Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center and Administrative Building. WV 7,000,000
  Total, Line Item Construction Projects   50,000,000