Idaho Examiner - Sen. Larry Craig News Releases

Thursday, June 30, 2005

SENATE APPROVES CONSERVATION AND WATER PROJECTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Senate approved the annual appropriations bill for the Department of the Interior and other related agencies today on a vote of 94-0.

Idaho Senator Larry Craig, a member of the Subcommittee that crafted bill, praised its passage, “This year’s bill recognizes a variety of projects that help us conserve our environment and resources while allowing us to wisely use the resources we have. I’m also pleased that this fiscally responsible bill holds the line on spending. Current budget deficits plus our increased needs for homeland security and the war on terror mean the rest of the government has to tighten its belt.”

For detailed information on each project listed below, please visit Craig’s website:

  • Idaho’s Strategic Plan for Managing Noxious Weeds $1 million
  • Northern Rocky Mountain/Central Idaho Wolf Recovery $1.5 million
  • Idaho Sage Grouse Management Plan $500,000
  • BSU research on shallow subsurface fluid flow $500,000
  • St. Joe Basin/Mica Creek forest conservation $2 million
  • U of I Collaborative Working Forests $500,000
  • Fire Research and Management Exchange System $350,000
  • Peregrine Fund California Condor Recovery $400,000
  • Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness conservation $1 million
  • Upper/South Fork Snake River conservation $3 million
  • Singleton-Kilgore forest conservation $650,000
  • Spokane River Bi-State phosphorus study $250,000
  • City of Castleford Water Infrastructure Improvements $400,000
  • Valley County South Lake Wastewater Collection and Treatment Facility $600,000
  • Rathdrum Prairie/Spokane Valley Aquifer Study $300,000
  • Auger Falls Wastewater Treatment Project $500,000
The bill will now go to a joint conference committee to iron out differences between the Senate and House of Representatives versions of the bill.

For more information on each project, please visit Senator Craig’s website and for information on the appropriations process, please read Senator Craig’s Appropriations Process Issue Brief.

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