Interior Department Launches Map to Track Historic Resources Funded by the President's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Nationwide
July 7, 2023
WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of the Interior launched a new interactive map to track the over $7.3 billion invested so far from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in over 1,300 projects nationwide. The tool is the first of its kind from a cabinet agency.
The launch of the map comes as Secretary Haaland makes multiple stops on the Biden-Harris administration’s ongoing Investing in America Tour in Hawai’i, Kansas, New York and Vermont to highlight how the historic investments provided through President Biden’s “Bidenomics” strategy – including the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act – will support local communities across the country.
“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a historic down payment on ensuring that future generations have clean air, drinkable water, fertile soil, and an overall good quality of life that is currently threatened by the worsening climate crisis,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “The Interior Department is hard at work to deliver these critical investments from the President’s Investing in America agenda into the hands of American communities as quick as we can, and we’re making tremendous progress.”
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law contains $28.1 billion for the Department’s initiatives, including for combatting legacy pollution, restoring critical habitats, addressing the drought crisis, assisting with wildland fire management, and helping communities prepare for extreme weather events.
The map will allow users to search projects, sorting by program area, state, Tribe and bureau or office, and highlights the immense investment made across the country in the first 18 months of implementation.
Since President Biden signed the law in November 2021, the Department has, among other milestones:
• Established a new Orphaned Well Program Office to ensure effective, accountable and efficient implementation of the $4.7 billion allocated from the law to clean up orphaned oil and gas wells on federal, state and Tribal lands,
• Unveiled a Restoration and Resilience Framework to guide the over $2 billion in investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act to restore our nation’s lands and waters,
• Launched a Voluntary Community Driven Relocation initiative, with over $135 million in federal commitments to assist Tribal communities severely impacted by climate-related environmental threats,
• Provided pay increases for federal wildland firefighters and, in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, established a joint firefighter behavioral health program to support firefighter health and wellbeing,
• Waived grant matching requirements for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands to reduce financial burden for U.S. territories accessing this funding,
• Allocated more than $1.7 billion to 236 water infrastructure projects – and broken ground on 83 of them – in Colorado River Basin states and on Tribal lands, furthering the Biden-Harris administration's all-of-government approach to enhance the resilience of the West to drought and climate change,
• Hired over 450 staff across bureaus and offices to implement new programming, and
• Hosted dozens of stakeholder meetings to hear directly from states, Tribes and local communities to help put dollars where is needed most.