Conserving the Nature of America

News Release

Washington company awarded $46,100 in stimulus funding to upgrade entrance road at Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge

June 4, 2010


Division of Public Affairs
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GLENWOOD, WA. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior, has awarded a $46,100 contract under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to McNealy Excavating, Inc., an excavation contracting company based in Washougal, Washington. This project is expected to employ approximately four workers.

The company will construct safety improvements to a 0.75-mile stretch of the Conboy Lake NWR entrance road including addition of new gravel, construction of four vehicle pullouts, installation of signs, and rough and fine grading to allow suitable drainage.

“Improving the road surface and installing the additional pullouts greatly enhances our ability to allow safe access for the visiting public, researchers and refuge staff to the wonders Conboy Lake has to offer,” Refuge Manager Shannon Ludwig said. “We are able to do this with minimal impact to the watershed and without disrupting the natural, rustic components of the Refuge.”

The Recovery Act gave $3 billion to the Department of the Interior. Of that amount, $280 million in funding goes to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service nationally.

“It’s a job, and every job helps us out tremendously,” McNealy Excavating Project Manager Chris McNealy said. “Our employees like it because it’s close to home and working on and around the Refuge is like a paid vacation.”

The stimulus funds represent an important component of the Presidents plan to jumpstart the economy and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so the country can thrive in the 21st century. Under the act, Interior is making an investment in conserving Americas timeless treasures – our stunning natural landscapes, our monuments to liberty, the icons of our culture and heritage – while helping American families and their communities prosper again. Interior is also focusing on renewable energy projects, the needs of American Indians, employing youth and promoting community service.

“With its investments of Recovery Act funds, the Department of the Interior and its bureaus are putting people to work today to make improvements that will benefit the environment and the region for many years to come,” said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

For a full list of funded projects nationwide, go to the Interior Department’s Recovery Web Site at">.

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Secretary Salazar has pledged unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability in the implementation of the Department’s economic recovery projects. The public will be able to follow the progress of each project on the recovery web site which will include an interactive map that enables the public to track where and how the Department’s recovery dollars are being spent. In addition, the public can submit questions, comments or concerns at

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