Secretary Zinke optimistic about cash infusion for National Parks

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Our National Parks could soon get the fixes they need to continue to serve visitors. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Wednesday projects underway to help our parks, including repairs to the Waste Water System at Great Smoky Mountains National Park and fixing a bridge in Washington, D.C.

The projects are just a couple of the many Secretary ZInke says his department will undertake. The Secretary says there is a backlog of $11 billion in projects that need completing, including repairs in the Everglades, numerous projects in the Rocky Mountains, Alaska, Montana and the Dakotas. All told, this administration says it wants to infuse $18 billion into making our parks healthier.

“Interior is a steward of our greatest treasures and stewardship requires investing, not spending - investing in our public lands,” said Secretary Zinke.

The Secretary is hoping the Senate gets moving on bipartisan legislation that will create a National Parks Restoration Fund. He says that will provide more aid to these parks in need.