News Release | Environment Nevada

Senators unveil broad, bipartisan effort to fully fund LWCF

12 Senators from across the country packed onto the stage of the Senate press room on Wednesday to announce the introduction of a bill that would fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) as well as address maintenance backlog issues at national parks. Senators traded opportunities to extol on the value of conservation, outdoor recreation, and the important role LWCF has played in supporting our public lands. 

The press conference followed recent statements from Leader McConnell as well as President Trump indicating they would support full and permanent funding for LWCF. 

News Release | Environment Nevada

A behind-the-scenes conservation program matters more to Nevada than you know

A newly released report suggests that high-rise casinos aren’t the only thing attracting visitors to the Battle Born State. The report, Protecting the Places We Love: How the Land and Water Conservation Fund Supports Outdoor Recreation in Nevada, a project of Environment Nevada Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group, examines just how many visitors Nevada’s public lands are getting, and how much they’re being supported by a landmark federal conservation program called the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

News Release | Environment America

Statement: House passes suite of clean water safeguards on “forever chemicals”

The U.S. House approved a bipartisan measure today to protect America’s water and air from toxic “forever chemicals” best known by the acronym PFAS. The PFAS Action Act (H.R. 535) passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 247–159. Environment America has long advocated for stronger protections on PFAS as part of its No Toxics On Tap campaign. The national nonpartisan organization successfully worked with Congress last year to phase out the military’s use of these chemicals in firefighting foams under the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. While that phaseout was a significant step, the PFAS Action Act takes further action to curtail continuing sources of pollution to water and air as well as establish new provisions to clean up existing contamination.

News Release | Environment Nevada

Nevada’s public lands once again come up short in Congressional budget deal

Following lengthy negotiations, this week Congress handed down final passage of fiscal 2020 spending to fund the government, including much needed federal funding for conservation. The finalized budget allocates $495 million to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a critical conservation program that provides grant funding to parks, forests and recreation areas that Americans enjoy every day. Although the new budget reflects a modest increase from the previous year, it comes well short of fully funding the program’s mandate.