WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that $1,747,000 will be released to U.S. Department of the Interior U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to fund four projects in Ohio. The funds, released from the Recovery Reinvestment Act of 2009 will be used for a variety of reconstruction projects and habitat restoration initiatives.
“These funds will support new projects to protect Ohio wildlife and create jobs,” Brown said. “This is an investment in our natural resources to increase energy efficiency and preserve Ohio’s natural beauty for years to come.”
The following projects will receive Recovery Act funds:
Carterville National Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office will receive $72,000 for the National Fish Habitat Action Plan at the Big Darby Creek Watershed Restoration in the Ohio River Basin.
Ohio Partners for Fish and Wildlife will receive $80,000 for invasive species removal in the western Ohio Oak Savanna habitat for the Indiana bat, which is included on the endangered species list. The organization will also receive $70,000 to restore the Beaver Farm Prairie and Wetland.
Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge will receive $625,000 for south boundary dike erosion repairs and $200,000 for drainage ditch cleanout.
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, located along the southern edge of Lake Erie, will receive $700,000 to install a photovoltaic array on its visitor center. The photovoltaic array installation, an energy efficiency retrofit project, implements life-cycle cost effective energy conservation.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will receive more than $250 million in recovery funds to invest in more than 830 projects. More information about projects in Ohio and across the country are available on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Recovery web site here.