Without Congressional Action, Authorization of Land and Water Conservation Fund Will Expire September 30
WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 30, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has awarded $44,399 to the City of Euclid to acquire approximately 0.42-acre of waterfront property that is critical to development of the city’s Lake Erie Waterfront Trail.
“These federal funds will provide more recreation opportunities for Euclid residents,” said Brown. “The Land and Water Conservation Fund is critical to funding recreational opportunities at places like Lake Erie’s Waterfront Trail.”
In July, DOI Secretary Sally Jewell traveled to Cleveland to announce $42 million in LWCF funding to all 50 states, territories and the District of Columbia. The LWCF uses revenue from offshore oil and gas drilling to fund conservation and recreation projects in every state. It is authorized to be funded at $900 million but its funding is often diverted towards other programs, leaving many important conservation projects unfunded. Without Congressional action, the Fund will expire September 30. LWCF funds have supported conservation projects across Ohio including Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, and Wayne National Forest.
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