This Week at Interior
This week marks the beginning of Native American Heritage
Month, a time to celebrate the history and heritage of Indigenous
communities. This year’s theme, “Revitalizing Indigenous
Connections,” embodies the essential work Interior does year round
-- prioritizing Indigenous Knowledge, working to revitalize
Native languages, empowering communities through co-stewardship
policies, and strengthening our nation-to-nation
Interior this week announced a $45 million investment in Tribal
communities to address the disproportionate impacts of climate
change. Tribal Climate Resilience projects will support 76 Tribes
and 8 Tribal organizations in adaptation planning, climate
implementation actions, ocean and coastal management
planning, capacity building, relocation, managed retreat, and
protect-in-place planning for climate risks. The announcement
was supported by $20 million in funding from President Biden’s
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
This week marked the 30th anniversary of the Central Utah
Project Completion Act. That's the state of Utah's largest and
most comprehensive federal water resource development project.
Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Tanya Trujillo joined
local, state and federal partners to celebrate progress and outline
the work ahead as the West battles ongoing drought conditions.
The event also highlighted $50 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure
Law funding to accelerate the completion of the Utah Lake
System pipeline construction.
The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement is
making more than $122 million in grants available to eligible
states and Tribes. The Abandoned Mine Land Economic
Revitalization, or AMLER grants, will support local investment
opportunities that create good-paying union jobs and provide for
the sustainable long-term rehabilitation of abandoned mine lands.
The Bureau of Land Management this week proposed updates to
its regulations for the construction and operation of broadband
infrastructure on public lands. The changes aim to ensure access
to reliable high-speed internet service for every American and
enhance the reliability, security and resiliency of the electric
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management this week announced it
has finalized two Wind Energy Areas in the Gulf of Mexico, with
the potential to produce enough clean wind energy to power
nearly 3 million homes. It's all part of the Biden-Harris
administration’s goal of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind
energy capacity by 2030.
And with our social media Picture of the Week, we're wishing you
a happy National Bison Day. On November 5th we celebrate this
majestic American symbol of strength and resilience, and the
official emblem of the Department of the Interior. Find out more
about the American bison on our blog.
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That's This Week at Interior.
This Week: Interior marks the beginning of Native American Heritage Month; the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law helps support a $45 million investment in Tribal communities to address the impacts of climate change; the state of Utah's largest and most comprehensive federal water resource development project celebrates 30 years; more than $122 million is now available to eligible states and Tribes to address legacy pollution on abandoned mine lands; the Bureau of Land Management does its part to get all Americans access to fast internet service; the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management finalizes two Wind Energy Areas in the Gulf of Mexico; and we're celebrating National Bison Day with our social media Picture of the Week!