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Progress Made on $30 Million for Alaska Science, Energy, Public Safety & Transportation Projects


Working to improve energy efficiency, develop Alaska's infrastructure and provide resources for law enforcement efforts, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today praised the advancement of three bills which would provide just over $30 million for Alaska.

Each piece of legislation received endorsement from its respective Appropriations Subcommittee and now awaits approval from the full Appropriations Committee and the full Senate.

"When it comes to energy innovation, transportation infrastructure or scientific research, there is no shortage of quality projects that will create Alaska jobs and build a sturdy foundation for the next 50 years of Alaska statehood," Begich said. "I am pleased to see these bills begin to show a sense of fiscal responsibility as each bill is below the amounts requested by the president."

The approved legislation includes:

The Fiscal Year 2011 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Bill: Allocating $6.35 million for Alaska - The legislation primarily funds the Justice Department, the Department of Commerce and scientific efforts, including NASA and the NIS. At a total of $60.1 billion, the legislation commits $4.3 billion less than last year.

Science Projects

·         Alaska Native Organizations: Alaska Native Marine Mammal Co-management, $500,000

·         State of Alaska: Seal and Stellar Sea Lion Biological Research, $500,000

·         State of Alaska: Bering Sea Crab Management, $400,000

·         University of Alaska: Magnuson-Stevens: Marine Education and Training, $3 million

·         University of Alaska: Ocean Acidification Research Center for Alaska, $200,000

Justice Projects

·         Municipality of Anchorage: Sexual Assault Forensic Nursing Services, $400,000

·         Municipality of Anchorage: Anchorage Domestic Violence Prevention Project, $350,000

·         State of Alaska: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention, $500,000

·         State of Alaska: Rural Drug and Alcohol Interdiction and Prosecution, $500,000

The Fiscal Year 2011 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill: Allocating roughly $15 million for Alaska - The legislation primarily funds the Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Energy. At a total of $34.9 billion, the legislation is $376 million below the president's budget request.

·         Bethel: Stabilize River Bank: Second Phase, $3 million

·         Bethel: Dredging Small Boat Harbor and Channel Approach, $766,000

·         Dillingham: Nushagak Area Hydropower Project, $500,000

·         Fairbanks: Research and Develop Geothermal Energy in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, $700,000

·         Fairbanks: University of Alaska Cold Climate Center, $500,000

·         Haines: Haines Boat Harbor, $500,000

·         Homer: Homer East Boat Harbor Feasibility and Design, $300,000

·         Hoonah: Hoonah IPEC Hydroelectric Project, $1.5 million

·         Kenai: Kenai Bluff Erosion, $2.5 million

·         Kodiak: Army Corps Dredging of Entrance to St. Paul Harbor, $750,000

·         Petersburg: Dredge Petersburg's North Harbor, $500,000

·         Sitka: Sitka Blue Lake Hydroelectric Project, $1 million

·         Statewide: Alaska Coastal Erosion, $2 million

·         Valdez: Valdez Small Boat Expansion Project, $500,000

The Fiscal Year 2011 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill: Allocating $9 million for Alaska - The legislation primarily funds the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. At a total of $122.5 billion, the legislation is $700 million below the president's budget request.

·         Covenant House Alaska, Anchorage, $500,000

·         Denali Commission Transportation Program, $800,000

·         Denali Commission -  Anaktuvuk Pass Bridge Replacement, Scammon Bay Community Streets, Alakanuk Community, $1 million

·         Installation of the Sterling Highway/Birch Street Traffic Signal Light, Soldotna, $400,000

·         Copper River Native Association, Glennallen, $500,000 (for the construction of a health and multi-use facility serving tribal members.)

·         Alaska Aviation Safety Project, $1 million

·         Port Lions City Dock and Ferry Terminal Replacement, $2 million

·         Fairbanks Rail Line Relocation, $1 million

·         Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion Project, $1 million

·         For the construction of an elevated concrete dock with related improvements, Coffman Cove, $300,000

·          Construction of an early childhood development center, Toksook Bay, $500.000.
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