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W.Va. Receives $1 Million From Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund

Whiterwater Rafting Gauley River
AP Photo / Jeff Gentner

West Virginia is receiving $1 million from the federal government for state parks and outdoor recreation projects.

The award from the Land and Water Conservation Fund is part of a $100 million distribution to all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. It was announced in a news release Tuesday.

The funds come from non-taxpayer dollars from Outer Continental Shelf lease revenues and are awarded through federal matching grants administered by the National Park Service.

The Interior Department says in the news release that Congress established the fund in the mid-1960s to ensure access to outdoor recreation resources.

The program has wide bipartisan support, however the law that authorizes it is set to expire at the end of this month unless Congress passes new legislation.

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