California National Parks and Wildlife Refuges to Receive $44.1 Million in Construction Projects

Projects part of $256 million in repairs to National Park Service and $50 million to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced $36,890,000 in funding approved to rebuild critical national park infrastructure and $7,130,000 approved for critical U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service infrastructure in California.

National Park Service infrastructure repairs

Four National Park Service properties in California – Yosemite, Channel Islands and Death Valley national parks and the Fort Point National Historic Park – will undergo infrastructure rehabilitation thanks to the funding approval. Yosemite will use $21,578,000 to rehabilitate its Wasona Wastewater Treatment Plant; in the Channel Islands, $3,922,000 will go toward replacing Anacapa Island’s stiff-leg derrick crane with a two-crane system; and $5,996,000 will repair leaks and brick masonry at the Fort Point National Historic Site in San Francisco.

At Death Valley National Park, $5,394,000 will be used to restore the flood-damaged Historic Scotty’s Castle Visitor Center. In October, 2015, a series of record-breaking storms hit Death Valley National Park. The resulting floods damaged roads and left four feet of water inside the Visitor Center, which is housed in the circa-1922 Scotty’s Castle. The building has been closed to the public since that time.

“We have an obligation to be responsible stewards of our public lands. Death Valley National Park brings over a million visitors a year to Inyo County, boosting the local economy,” said Congressman Paul Cook. “Today’s announcement of over $5 million for repairs and renovations at the Scotty’s Castle Visitor’s Center is a strong first step toward meeting our parks’ serious infrastructure needs.”

This funding is a portion of $256 million going to projects across the National Park Service nationwide. Maintenance and repair needs contribute to a $11.6 billion backlog facing the nation’s parks. Roads, bridges, trails, water systems and visitor centers are all part of this critical infrastructure framework. The NPS completed over $650 million in maintenance and repair work in 2017, but the maintenance backlog has remained between $11 and $12 billion since 2010 due to aging facilities, high visitation and resource constraints.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service infrastructure repairs

California’s $7,130,000 share of $50 million in approved funding for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service infrastructure repairs breaks down as follows:

  • $6,400,000 toward the levee and water control structure in Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • $426,000 for repairing the main public access road and replacing the Hookton Slough Vault toilet in Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • $163,000 to replace the Sousa Marsh Public Observation Platform in San Luis National Wildlife Refuge
  • $91,000 to repair the Imperial Beach Boulevard Public Use Observation Platform in Tijuana Slough National Refuge
  • $50,000 for public access road repairs in Modoc National Wildlife Refuge

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