Senator Says Legislation to Renew Land and Water Conservation Fund is Vital for Minnesota
WASHINGTON, D.C. [10/02/18]—U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) said that a bipartisan measure that she helped push through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today will invest in protecting and enhancing important Minnesota land and water resources.
The bill, which Sen. Smith cosponsored, would permanently authorize and fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which has invested millions of dollars in Minnesota in the past several decades. The bill is now expected to move to the full Senate.
You can watch a video from today’s hearing of Sen. Smith highlighting the importance of the LWCF to Minnesota here.
“In Minnesota, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has invested approximately $249 million over the last five decades,” said Sen. Smith. “These important resources have allowed us to support habitat conservation, protect working forests, and restore many of the state parks and recreation areas that Minnesotans use every day. I’m proud that my colleagues and I are showing how we can come together in Washington with bipartisan support for the LWCF because this is what is needed for places to thrive in Minnesota, and across the country.”
Since coming to D.C., Sen. Smith has championed several energy and environmental bills, including bipartisan legislation to fund environmental conservation on military bases, which was recently signed into law by the President. In August, Sen. Smith introduced legislation to significantly increase America’s energy storage capabilities and help expand the role that renewable energies like wind and solar play in the nation’s energy portfolio.