Spending bill includes work at Crater Lake
November 20, 1999
The spending bill approved Thursday by the U.S. House of Representatives includes more than $45 million for Oregon projects, including restoration work at Crater Lake.
The biggest chunk is $11 million for the final installment of federal financing for Portland’s westside light rail. Oregon also gets $9 million of $58 million passed for the administration’s West Coast salmon initiative.
Other items include $1.73 million for restoring buildings at Rim Village in Crater Lake
National Park and nearly $1.17 million for completing The Dalles Riverfront trail, a nine-mile path connecting the Columbia River Discovery Center to The Dalles Dam.
The bill also provides $5 million to pay the Port of Tillamook for damage suffered in the 1996 flood and $1.3 million to compensate farmers and ranchers in Harney County for damage from flooding of Harney and Malheur lakes.
Other allocations include:
$500,000 to buy about 100 acres as a part of the South Eugene Wetlands project, for which the government has already bought about 1.200 acres
$500,000 to buy land for use in the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex
$6.5 million for safety improvements to U.S. 26 including passing lanes on both sides of the Blue Mountain summit
$3 million for work on a new National Guard armory in Lane County
$1.7 million for temperature control structures at McKenzie River dams
$2.5 million for the Oregon Medical Laser Center at St. Vincent Hospital & Medical Center in Portland
$1 million to Lewis & Clark College for a building to house a collection of artifacts in commemoration of the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition
$500,000 for high-speed rail crossing improvements in Linn and Multnomah counties
$500,000 to rebuild the Historic Columbia River Highway from Starvation Creek to Viento State Park
$1 million for Oregon Health Sciences University’s Health Aging Demonstration Project
$500,000 for Portland State University to expand Millar Library
$700,000 for replacing toilets and septic tanks at Waldo Lake