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Disaster Relief Bill Includes Significant Funding For Wildlife Refuges

Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse on the Kilauea Point NWR— Megan Nagel / USFWS

Great news!

Yesterday, the Senate passed a disaster relief bill that includes significant funding for wildlife refuges: $82.4 million total. $32.4 million of that funding is going towards damage from Hurricanes Lane (Hawaii), Michael (Florida panhandle), and Florence (Carolinas), plus the flooding on Kauai, Hawaii during the spring of 2018. The remaining $50 million is to be spent “to restore and rebuild national wildlife refuges and increase the resiliency and capacity of coastal habitat and infrastructure to withstand storms and reduce the amount of damage caused by such storms”. 

A number of wildlife refuges were damaged in these storms in 2018, and this funding will go a long way towards repairing the hurricane and flooding damage and ensuring coastal refuges are protected from future storms. We strongly encourage the House to pass this language as well, and for the President to sign it into law.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2019/05/disaster-relief-bill-includes-significant-funding-for-wildlife-refuges/

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