August 16, 2023

Ranking Member Larsen Applauds Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding for Culverts to Protect Fish Migration

EVERETT, WAToday, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) issued the following statement after the Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced $196 million for the FY22 National Culvert Removal, Replacement, and Restoration Grant Program (Culvert Aquatic Organism Passage (AOP) Program). The AOP Program provides grants for projects that improve or restore passage for anadromous fish species.

“From coast to coast, far too many of our nation’s culverts act as a barrier to fish passage and a hindrance to the economy and way of life for Tribes and coastal communities,” Ranking Member Larsen said. “Last year, I joined my Congressional colleagues in the state of Washington to demonstrate the need for culvert upgrades alongside US DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg. Now, in my district and beyond, this funding will advance projects to improve fish passage, protect marine environments, and create jobs. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continues to boost the economy and build infrastructure that will serve us for decades to come.”

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