Land and Water Conservation Fund Passes House


On Friday, July 30th, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3534, the Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources (CLEAR) Act, which seeks to address the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico and implement reforms in federal offshore and onshore oil and gas leasing program by a vote of 209-193.  The measure also includes language to reauthorize the LWCF through the year 2040 and authorizes full funding for the program. 
LWCF projects range from preserving and protecting many federal lands, parks and forests to developing new recreational facilities including parks and trails in our local communities.   LWCF was established by Congress in 1964 and is funded through the receipts from offshore oil and gas leases.
The Senate is expected to act on legislation to fund LWCF soon.  Please take a moment to contact your Senators and urge them to support full funding for this critical program.

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