United States Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland visited Ohio over the weekend. She was here to praise President Biden Bipartisan Infrastructure Act.
Haaland said the infrastructure law will help communities get the resources they need to build resilience against the effects of climate change and to protect natural resources.
For example, she says that the financing of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative preserves places like the Ottawa Wildlife Refuge in Oak Harbor, which is a vital habitat for migratory birds.
“We are committed to protecting these species and today discussed ongoing efforts to restore, enhance and reconnect these coastal wetland habitats,” she said.
The wildlife refuge announced it will use a portion of the funds to partner with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to reconnect nine hundred acres of refuge land to Lake Erie. The shelter received more than ten million dollars in total from the Infrastructure Act.
In general, Haaland spoke of the value of the national parks system and the Great Lakes. She said part of the infrastructure funds will be used to improve access to these areas, especially for young people.
“We need to make sure that outdoor spaces are available and nearby for children, because there is no better way to entice a child to take up this type of work than to ensure that they are in nature,” she said.
Find more information on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act and where the funding goes. here.