February 25, 2009
Stimulus Watch: Any Money For Fishing?
By Tim Romano
At least once a week I get blast emails from my old man. Typically they're jokes or family happenings, etc... This week I got a link to Stimuluswatch.org.
StimulusWatch.org was built to help the new administration keep its pledge to invest stimulus money smartly, and to hold public officials to account for the taxpayer money they spend. We do this by allowing you, citizens around the country with local knowledge about the proposed "shovel-ready" projects in your city, to find, discuss and rate those projects. These projects are not part of the stimulus bill. They are candidates for funding by federal grant programs once the bill passes.
My fair state of Colorado had 201 "shovel-ready" projects on tap for a total of almost 2.5 billion dollars. Doubt we'll see half that... Of those maybe one tenth had to do with water projects and of those maybe one or two dealt with actual stream/lake improvements or rehabilitation to riparian areas. Bummer.
My question to you: Is there any fish/river/lake conservation projects that you know of in your state that are being funded by the stimulus package? Better yet, pretend you've got the go ahead on your own "shovel-ready" conservation project near home. Money is no object. What would you do?