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UPDATE: Murkowski Announces Funding for Alaska Projects in the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Conference Report

UPDATE: The full Senate today approved the Fiscal Year 2010 $33.5 billion Energy and Water Development Appropriations conference report that includes funding for a number of Alaska projects as outlined below in an earlier release. The bill will now go to President Obama for his signature.

$11.96 Million Included for Denali Commission; $1 Million for Alaska Climate Center in Fairbanks

WASHINGTON, D.C.
- More than $51 million in projects for Alaska has been included in the $33.5 billion Fiscal Year 2010 Energy and Water Development Appropriations conference report which has passed the full Senate, according to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Energy and Water Development conference report now goes to the President for his signature.

The report includes $11.96 million for the Denali Commission. The Denali Commission money would continue to fund a Commission energy program to replace and clean up aging fuel tanks and improve energy generation and transmission systems efficiency.

Also included is $921,000 for structural and non-structural coastal erosion prevention programs in Alaska and language that would reinstate authority to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to undertake projects to prevent and reduce damage caused by storms, coastal erosion and ice and glacial damage. Included in the bill is a provision authored by Murkowski that would allow the Secretary of the Army to waive or reduce the non-federal cost share requirement if it is determined that communities are unable to contribute sufficient local funding.

The report also includes $1 million for the Alaska Climate Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to establish a center that would conduct and house research on climate and other weather-related changes in Alaska.

"This conference report provides much needed resources to address erosion along Alaska's coastline," Murkowski said. "Communities such as Shishmaref and Kivalina face severe erosion problems and these funds will help prevent and mitigate further impacts for our state.

"In addition to erosion prevention, I am pleased to see funds being dedicated to the Alaska Climate Center," Murkowski added. "Climate change is not a theoretical discussion in Alaska. We can feel and see the changes that are taking place around us and these funds would provide for a central location to make research and information available to state and local governments as well as the private sector."

The conference report includes funding for the following Alaska items:

Department of Energy:
Denali Commission                                              $11.965 Million
Alaska Pipeline Coordinator Office Operations       $4.466 Million
Southwest Alaska Geothermal Project                    $2.5 Million
Alaska Climate Center                                            $1 Million
Fairbanks Geotherman Energy Project                     $1 Million

General Investigations:
Valdez Harbor Expansion                                         $157,000
Whittier Harbor                                                        $134,000
Homer Harbor Modification                                      $134,000
Kotzebue Small Boat Harbor                                      $90,000
Matanuska River Watershed                                       $90,000
Yakutat Harbor                                                           $90,000

Operations and Maintenance:
Anchorage Harbor                                               $17.732 Million
Chena River Lakes                                                 $2.676 Million
Project Conditions Surveys Alaska                             $884,000
Dillingham Harbor                                                      $841,000
Nome Harbor                                                             $779,000
Petersburg North Harbor                                            $482,000
Homer Harbor                                                            $380,000
Kodiak Harbor                                                           $240,000
Inspection of completed works in Alaska                     $160,000

Construction:
St. Paul Harbor                                                        $2.834 Million
Unalaska                                                                  $1.453 Million
Alaska Coastal Erosion                                                $921,000

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