Senate Democrats

Reid’s Leadership Delivers Additional Millions for Nevada

As Democratic Leader, Reid secures record funding in Appropriations bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Harry Reid included more than $300 million for Nevada projects in his Energy and Water Appropriations bill. Reid is seven months into his new position as the Senate’s Democratic Leader, a powerful position that gives him added clout to deliver for Nevada. As the top Democrat on the Energy and Water Subcommittee, Reid has long secured millions for the state to fund energy, homeland security, water and infrastructure projects. Last year, Nevada received over $220 million in the bill. This year, there is $338 million for Nevada.

“This is a long list of projects, and every one of them will benefit Nevada,” Senator Reid said. “There is funding for flood control in large and small communities, money for homeland security to make Nevada safer, and tens of millions of dollars for renewable energy projects that will be part of the economic future of our state.”

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed the bill today. It includes money for flood control and environmental improvements throughout the state, as well as increased funding for homeland security training and studies at the Nevada Test Site, UNR, UNLV and DRI, and millions for rural Nevada programs.

Additionally, Reid included language in the Energy and Water bill that would release $85 million of previously approved funding for agriculture and water projects in the Walker River Basin. Sen. Reid, Sen. John Ensign and Congressman Jim Gibbons have been working to release the funding. It passed as part of the 2002 Farm Bill when Sen. Reid included $200 million for conservation projects at places like Walker Lake.

The bill still must pass the full Senate and then go to a conference committee, where it will be reconciled with a House version of the legislation.

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LIST OF PROJECTS:

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Rural Nevada Program $25,000,000

Tropicana-Flamingo Flood Control $18,000,000

Tahoe Basin Restoration construction $5,200,000

Restoration of Abandoned Mines $1,705,000

Tahoe Basin Comprehensive Study $1,720,000

Tahoe Regional Planning funding $500,000

Washoe Tribe Partnership activities $400,000

Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program (EIP) activities $500,000

Truckee Meadows Flood Control study $3,500,000

Martis Creek Lake operation and maintenance $586,000

Pine and Mathews Canyons Lakes operation and maintenance $214,000

Urban Floodwater Initiative (DRI) $5,000,000

Small Flood Control/Environmental Improvement Projects: $4,951,500

  • Las Vegas $300,000
  • McCarran Ranch $3,037,000
  • Battle Mountain $1,111,500
  • North Spanish Springs $140,000
  • Reno Flood Warning System $3000

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TOTAL: $67,276,500

U.S. BUREAU OF RECLAMATION

Lake Tahoe Regional Wetlands Development $3,000,000

Halfway Wash study $1,000,000

Lahontan Basin project $7,577,000

Lake Mead/Las Vegas Wash Program $2,775,000

Southern Nevada Water Recycling $3,423,000

Lower Colorado River Operations Program $17,900,000

Endangered Species Recovery Implementation $9,700,000

Resolving Water Conflicts in the West Program (DRI) $2,000,000

North Las Vegas Water Recycling Facility $1,000,000

U.S. BUREAU OF RECLAMATION TOTAL: $48,375,000

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY

National Center on Energy Management and Building Technologies $5,000,000

(Sheetmetal Workers and UNLV)

Solar production of hydrogen (UNLV) $4,000,000

Hydrogen fuel cell R & D (UNLV) $4,000,000

Geothermal and Renewable Energy Laboratory of Nevada (UNR) $1,300,000

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Energy Project $ 500,000

Southwest photovoltaic experiment stations $1,000,000

Gas Engine-driven heat pump development (Southwest Gas) $4,000,000

NREL-West (Nevada renewable competition funding) $4,000,000

Oxydiesel demonstration (CA and NV) $ 500,000

Biofuels development (UNLV) $4,000,000

Hydrogen fuel cell bus project (Washoe RTC) $3,000,000

Southern Nevada Alternative Fuels Demonstration Project (Las Vegas) $ 500,000

Renewable hydrogen refueling station system (UNLV) $4,000,000

Photoelectric chemical production of hydrogen (UNLV) $3,000,000

Photoelectrochemical production of hydrogen (UNR) $5,000,000

Photonics research for hybrid solar lighting (UNLV) $3,000,000

PowerJet Wind Turbine project (PowerJet) $ 250,000

Gerlach Green Energy Project $ 500,000

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE TOTAL: $47,550,000

OFFICE OF SCIENCE

Altair Nanontechnologies research and development $4,500,000

UMC radiology and oncology equipment $1,000,000

Nevada Cancer Institute $1,000,000

MegaCargo Imaging program at NTS $1,000,000

Atlas pulse power facility non-defense research $1,000,000

OFFICE OF SCIENCE TOTAL: $8,500,000

NUCLEAR ENERGY

Nuclear Hydrogen Initiative (UNLV w/partners) $7,000,000

Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (UNLV) $6,000,000

Center for Materials Reliability (UNR) $1,000,000

Nuclear transportation hazard research (UNR) $ 750,000

NUCLEAR ENERGY R & D TOTAL: $14,750,000

NUCLEAR WASTE DISPOSAL

State of Nevada oversight $3,500,000

Affected Units of Local Government oversight (counties) $8,500,000

Situs County oversight funding (Nye) $ 500,000

NUCLEAR WASTE DISPOSAL TOTAL: $12,500,000

WEAPONS ACTIVITIES

Enhanced subcritical experiments at NTS $5,000,000

Renewal of existing cooperative agreements with UNR and UNLV $3,000,000

Enhanced dynamic experiments at NTS $5,000,000

Enhanced Dynamic Materials Properties work $5,000,000

Nevada Terawatt Facility (UNR) $5,000,000

Exploding wire arrays and implosion dynamics work w/Sandia (UNR) $2,000,000

NTS Road upgrades $15,000,000

Replacement water storage tanks at NTS $4,000,000

Geographic Information System for NTS $1,000,000

NTS to Indian Springs Air Force Base fiber optic link $4,000,000

NTS Emergency Operations Center upgrades $4,500,000

Device Assembly Facility, JASPER, U1a upgrades at NTS $15,000,000

Institute for Security Studies (UNLV) $2,500,000

Advanced Monitoring Systems Initiative at NTS $3,000,000

Consortium for Terrorism and Fire Science (UNR-Elko) $3,000,000

Atomic Testing History Institute (DRI-Troy Wade) $ 250,000

UNLV Research Foundation administration infrastructure support $1,000,000

Radioanyalytical Services Laboratory (UNLV) $2,000,000

Sensor and Live Plume Tracking at NTS (Special Technology Lab) $2,000,000

Water Filtration Technology (UNR) $2,000,000

Technology Ventures Corporation (not for profit) tech transfer $3,500,000

DAF Security Force and Special Response Team upgrades $20,000,000

WEAPONS TOTAL: $106,750,000

DEFENSE NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION

Institute for Security Studies nonproliferation activities (UNLV) $2,500,000

DEFENSE NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION TOTAL: $2,500,000

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

Desert Research Institute’s Environmental Monitoring Program $3,000,000

Nye County Groundwater Monitoring Program $2,000,000

Nye County Communications Upgrades $2,000,000

Caliente, NV, equipment $1,500,000

UNR School of Medicine CORE facilities $5,000,000

Great Basin Science Sample and Record Library $4,500,000

CAVE Project (DRI) $2,000,000

Earthquake hazard and seismic risk research (UNLV) $1,000,000

Renew EM cooperative agreements with UNR and UNLV

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT TOTAL: $21,000,000

OTHER DEFENSE ACTIVITIES

Worker records digitization project (UNLV & Quest-Nevada) $5,000,000

OTHER DEFENSE ACTIVITIES TOTAL: $5,000,000

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