Jun 29 2006


Senate Appropriations Committee Passes FY 2006 Interior Appropriations Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, today announced Senate Appropriations Committee approval of several funding requests for Alabama included in the fiscal year 2007 Interior Appropriations bill. The FY 2007 Interior Appropriations bill will now go to the Senate floor for consideration.

City of Bayou La Batre Water Project, - $2 Million Senator Shelby said, “Restoring infrastructure is a critical component in Bayou La Batre’s recovery following Hurricane Katrina. This funding will provide the City with the necessary resources to develop a water and sewer system not only capable of serving current residents and businesses, but a system that will be protected from future storms.”

Bullock County Courthouse Rehabilitation and Repair - $250,000 Senator Shelby said, “The Save America Treasures program is vital to ensuring that our nation’s historic building are protected and preserved. The funding will allow for the rehabilitation and repair of the Historic Bullock County Courthouse. Currently, improvements need to be made to the deteriorating roof, exterior balcony, front columns, window sills, ceilings, flooring, and walls, in addition to other exterior damage. This courthouse has long been a historic landmark of Bullock County and should be preserved for future generations to appreciate.”

Historic Fort Morgan Preservation - $250,000 Senator Shelby said, “Historic Fort Morgan is another national treasure that we must work to preserve. I am pleased to announce this funding, which will the Alabama Historic Committee to continue its efforts to guarantee the Fort’s long-term survival through short-term preservation, environmental, and support projects.”

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site - $4.093 Million These funds will be used to continue the National Park Service’s preservation and rehabilitation work at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site at Moton Airfield. Senator Shelby said, “The Tuskegee Airmen put their love of country above all else to fight for their nation, and we must continue to invest in this historic site in recognition of their contributions.”

Center for Estuarine Research at the University of South Alabama - $500,000 Senator Shelby said, "This funding will allow the University of South Alabama to continue the vital ecological research that it is conducting in the Gulf Coast and Mobile Bay areas. The knowledge gained from this research provides important scientific insights that can be used to preserve and protect coastal plants and wildlife. These funds are essential to the research activities conducted by the Center for Estuarine Research. Understanding the ecology of coastal lands and seascapes are paramount to ensuring their protection and preservation."

Cumberland Mountains Project, $1.185 Million Senator Shelby said, “Beautiful Alabama landscapes, such as the Paint Rock River, should be protected to ensure that future generations have access to hiking, hunting, and fishing. The funding included in this bill will allow for the protection and restoration of important forests along the Paint Rock River.”

Alabama National Forest - $1.5 Million This funding will assist in the purchase of land, from willing sellers only, within the boundaries of Alabama's National Forests. The National Forests in Alabama represent the largest area of publicly owned land in Alabama, covering approximately 665,661 acres. Senator Shelby said, "Alabama's national forests offer beautiful views and are home to diverse species of birds and wildlife that are enjoyed year round by visitors from across the country. This year's funding will aid in the continued protection and preservation of our wildlife and natural resources."

National Rural Water Association (NRWA) - $11 Million Senator Shelby said, "The Committee has again provided essential funding to assist rural water technical assistance activities and groundwater protection across the nation. Additionally funding will assist small water systems to conduct vulnerability assessments to ensure that even small communities have a safe, secure water supply."