U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Nevada ARRA Feature Story 2010|
BLM Nevada Utilizes ARRA Funding to Support Local Nevada Economies
On Feb. 13, 2009, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 at the urging of President Barack Obama, who signed it into law four days later. A direct response to the economic crisis, the $787 billion Recovery Act has three immediate goals:
• Create new jobs and save existing ones
Nevada 2010 ARRA Highlights
The Sand Mountain Recreation Area east of Fallon is a major attraction for off-highway vehicle riders and sandboarders. A $1.02 million ARRA project to pave the entrance road between U.S. Highway 50 and Sand Mountain now provides safe access to the recreation area for thousands of visitors who ride the dunes every year. Fallon subcontractor A&K Construction spent more than $500,000 to acquire materials from local merchants and businesses for the project.
Contract workers on-site ranged from 2-15 per day from July through September. The project was completed on September 30, 2010.
Metal and acid contamination from the Rip Van Winkle mill site tailings in northeastern Nevada posed a threat to the federally-listed Lahontan cutthroat trout in nearby Maggie Creek. A $326,000 ARRA project removed the lead and zinc mill concentrates from the site and added them to a nearby tailing repository pond. Contract workers pulled acidic rock from Coon Creek and replaced it with native soil. All construction funding was funneled into the local economy. The project was completed on September 14, 2010.
During 2010, the BLM Nevada completed 19 ARRA projects at a cost of $5.3 million. Fourteen projects are scheduled for completion during Fiscal Year 2011 and six are scheduled for completion in FY 2012. Three of the 42 projects are part of the BLM Washington Office Solar Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement.
|Last updated: 02-04-2011|
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