WASHINGTON | U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky secured $1.8 million in federal assistance for two environmental infrastructure projects in Northwest Indiana.
The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will receive $1 million to restore Good Fellow Lodge. The funding will be used to install a new municipal water line to the lodge, which would be the first step in the restoration effort to the structure.
Portage will receive $800,000 for water infrastructure improvements. The funding will be used to complete the second phase of improvements at the existing water reclamation facility. The project will allow economic development in Portage while assuring water quality.
The funding is all included in the Fiscal Year 2010 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the conference report Thursday. The legislation is expected to pass the Senate shortly and be signed into law by the president.