$1.5 Billion NPS Bill Introduced

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The bill would give the NPS up to $1.5 billion in funding for park repairs and upgrades nationwide, rolling out the funds over three fiscal years. (GlacierNPS / Flickr)

On Friday, the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources’ ranking member, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona), and five other Democrats formally introduced a new bill in an effort to bring more funding to national parks, according to Environment & Energy Publishing. Park funding through the Obama administration’s National Park Service Centennial Act would be granted in celebration of the National Park Service’s (NPS) 100th anniversary next year, the Hill reported earlier this month.

The bill would give NPS up to $1.5 billion over three years for park repairs and upgrades. (The NPS has $11.5 billion in deferred maintenance projects.) The money would also be used to increase educational programs and establish services for visitors, including lodging and dining, as reported in the Hill.

According to Environment & Energy Publishing, many expect the additional federal funding to be a challenge to sell in Congress.

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UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 18, 17:00 MDT: An earlier version of this piece stated that a Colorado man was littering in Delta, Colorado. He was littering in Telluride.

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