Historic investments in climate resiliency, Indian Country will protect communities and advance environmental justice
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021
WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland applauded the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal (BID), a once-in-a-generation investment that will help communities tackle the climate crisis while creating good-paying union jobs, advancing environmental justice, and boosting local economies. The legislation is the largest investment in the resilience of physical and natural systems in American history.
“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal is an historic down payment on ensuring that future generations have clean air, drinkable water, fertile soil, and an overall quality of life that is currently threatened by the worsening climate crisis,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “As our communities bear the brunt of intensifying droughts, wildfires, flooding, and legacy pollution, the BID’s investments will be crucial to ensuring local, state, and Tribal communities have the resources they need to bolster climate resilience and protect natural areas. The Interior Department stands ready to implement this transformational investment in our country as quickly as possible.”
The BID contains several provisions that fund Interior Department initiatives and benefit the communities we directly serve.
The legislation makes historic investments in bolstering climate resiliency, including:
The legislation also invests in supporting and protecting communities by funding: