Topic ID #17074 - posted 3/19/2012 3:18 AM

Archeology, Wildlife Research Could Feel Dent From New Highway Bill



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Archeology, Wildlife Research Could Feel Dent From New Highway Bill
by David Malakoff on 16 March 2012, 3:28 PM

Less money, more competition. That's what archeologists, wildlife biologists, and wetlands scientists who have gotten funding from a little-known transportation program will face with shrinking federal support if a massive highway bill approved by the U.S. Senate becomes law. But the bill also includes potentially hefty funding for mainstream transportation researchers.

By a 74 to 22 vote, the Senate yesterday approved the $109 billion measure, which reauthorizes government spending on major highway and transit projects for 2 years. It authorizes the government to spend up to $400 million per year on transportation research and education activities, including $70 million per year on university research centers. But the bill also reorganizes and reduces funds for a "transportation enhancements" program which has pumped more than $50 million into archeology and environmental research projects since 1992.


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