Great American Outdoors Act would provide $9.5 billion in funding for federal land projects
MILTON, Del. – Some officials spent their Monday afternoon in Delaware, advocating for funding that would support State and National Parks.
United States Senator Tom Carper joined officials at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge to highlight the Great American Outdoors Act. Refuge officials say because of a lack of funding many maintenance projects haven’t been done there as well as at Bombay Refuge in Smyrna. They tell 47 ABC they’re in need of a new educational visitor center as well as maintenance on the boat ramps, trails and roads. They believe the timing to push for this money is perfect because they’ve seen an increase in visitors looking to spend time outside during the pandemic.
“The American people, there’s an awakening or a realization that we have these jewels, these National Parks and refuges but they are almost loved to death. So they need a little sprucing up,” says Al Rizzo, with the Coastal Delaware National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
The total for the projects at both Prime Hook and Bombay would cost between seven and nine million dollars. The Great American Outdoors Act would provide $9.5 billion over five years. It passed the Senate and is awaiting action in the House. Officials expect it to have bipartisan support and President Donald Trump has previously said he would sign it.