CARMEL, Ind. - U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Land and Water Conservation Fund on Thursday.
Jewell is traveling across the country to gain support for congressional funding for the federal program that has funded urban parks, clean water programs and outdoor recreation.
"Over the past 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has served as one of the most effective tools for conservation, outdoor recreation and economic growth in local communities; however, it is set to expire next year without action from Congress," Jewell said. "The program has re-invested a small portion of revenues from offshore oil and gas development into projects in nearly every county in America, ensuring that families have access to public, open spaces."
During her visit, Jewell had the chance to tour West Park, Coxhall Gardens, The Village of West Clay and The Palladium. She also saw Flowing Well Park and the Arts & Design District.
"I appreciate Mayor Brainard’s support for this innovative program that not only improves the quality of life for Indiana but also strengthens local economies like those in Carmel. As we look to the next 50 years, we need to fulfill the promise to the American people by fully and permanently funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund."
The Indiana trip marks the second stop in a series of events Jewell is holding across the nation this week.
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