Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Bipartisan Infrastructure Law The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) is a once-in-a-generation investment in the nation’s infrastructure and economic competitiveness. We were directly appropriated $455 million over five years in BIL funds for programs related to the President’s America the Beautiful initiative.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed by President Biden on Nov. 15, 2021, is a once-in-a-generation investment in the nation’s infrastructure and economic competitiveness. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was directly appropriated $455 million over five years in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding for programs related to the President’s America the Beautiful initiative, which support the work of the Service and its conservation partners and help local, state and Tribal communities tackle the climate crisis while advancing environmental justice and boosting local economies.
These projects are also addressing climate change climate change Climate change includes both global warming driven by human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns. Though there have been previous periods of climatic change, since the mid-20th century humans have had an unprecedented impact on Earth's climate system and caused change on a global scale.
The Department of the Interior (DOI) will receive $30.6 billion over five years in direct funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Service Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Focus Areas
From the sage-brush steppe to the Delaware River, the Service has multiple areas of focus across the country for significant projects funded under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Klamath Basin Restoration Program: Includes enhancing captive rearing of Endangered Species Act-listed sucker species at the Klamath Falls National Fish Hatchery, addressing water quality and water quantity issues throughout the basin, and supporting projects that will help improve conditions for waterfowl and salmon and other native fish species throughout the basin. The Service is working closely with Klamath Basin stakeholders on its Bipartisan Infrastructure Law-related efforts.
Sagebrush Ecosystem: Builds on an existing collaborative effort with public and private partners to conserve the sagebrush sagebrush The western United States’ sagebrush country encompasses over 175 million acres of public and private lands. The sagebrush landscape provides many benefits to our rural economies and communities, and it serves as crucial habitat for a diversity of wildlife, including the iconic greater sage-grouse and over 350 other species.
Learn more about sagebrush ecosystem of the American West and the nationally significant biological, cultural and economic resources it supports. Working across 13 western states and multiple jurisdictions, the partnership is implementing leading-edge science and a Strategic Habitat Conservation approach to identify the most pressing threats to a sustainable sagebrush ecosystem, such as invasive species invasive species An invasive species is any plant or animal that has spread or been introduced into a new area where they are, or could, cause harm to the environment, economy, or human, animal, or plant health. Their unwelcome presence can destroy ecosystems and cost millions of dollars.
Delaware River Basin Restoration: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding is providing competitive matching grants for habitat conservation to state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and other eligible entities in the Delaware River Basin in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The Delaware River Watershed Conservation Collaborative includes more than 40 partner agencies and organizations. The program is advancing green infrastructure in the Delaware River watershed to guide strategic investment of $26 million (over five years) in infrastructure funding for this region. Since 2018, the fund has awarded $55.1 million to 195 projects that support recreation, water quality, water management, and habitat. The grantees have generated $79.2 million in match, for a total conservation impact of $134.3 million.
Lake Tahoe Restoration: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding provides important capacity to control aquatic invasive species for the benefit of Lahontan cutthroat trout and other native species. The trout is a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act and is a recovery priority for the Service, Washoe Tribe, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, and other federal and non-federal partners in the Lake Tahoe basin.
National Fish Passage Program: The program works to restore degraded and fragmented aquatic habitats decreases public safety hazards and improves infrastructure resilience by reducing flood risks, removing obsolete dams, and improving water delivery for local agriculture irrigation districts. In turn, this work creates construction, engineering and other jobs, stimulating the local economy.
Oil, Gas and Mineral Management: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides long-term funding to plug orphan oil and gas wells on national wildlife refuges and reclaim those sites to eliminate environmental and public safety hazards. An orphan well is one for which there is no viable operator of record and therefore no longer a party responsible for the well’s maintenance. The process of restoring the refuge lands degraded by the presence of such wells, pipelines and other related infrastructure may take several years to complete with help from partnering agencies.
Ecosystem Restoration Program: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding provides important resources to restore America’s natural infrastructure by advancing healthy forests, detecting and eradicating invasive species, investing in National Seed Strategy collection and production, restoring recreation sites and national parks, and mitigating hazards on mined lands. With this funding, the Service is collaborating with states, Tribes and local communities to invest in projects that further habitat restoration, invasive species control, conservation of at-risk and listed species and provide benefits to several significant ecosystems.
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