The Senate passage of the Transportation Bill moves strong conservation measures one step closer to implementation. Photo by Phil Hoon.
Early this month, the Senate passed the Transportation Bill with the inclusion of amendments to restore the Gulf and expand funding for land conservation, moving these strong conservation initiatives one step closer to implementation.
This victory marks a turning point for the Gulf region as it advances the RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act. The RESTORE Act dedicates 80 percent of Clean Water Act penalties charged to BP to the restoration of Gulf Coast resources and economies.
Amendments passed in the Transportation Bill also include $1.4 billion for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which uses a portion of revenues from offshore oil and gas leasing to conserve fish and wildlife habitat and provide recreation opportunities for sportsmen and the general public. Further, 1.5 percent of the funds will be targeted at projects that provide access to existing public lands, a top priority for hunters and anglers.
The TRCP will continue work to ensure the Transportation Bill moves quickly through the House. The TRCP and its partners wish to thank Senate leaders who voted to pass this important bill. Special thanks to those of you who made your voices heard in this critical debate.
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