U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today applauded the federal government's commitment to establishing a national urban wildlife refuge in Albuquerque's South Valley. The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has announced it is releasing $1.7 million to help acquire the former Price's Dairy -- the 570 acre property that will become the Middle Río Grande National Wildlife Refuge.
"The purchase of Price's Dairy will benefit not only residents of the Albuquerque area, but the entire state," Bingaman. "I'm very happy that the Department of Interior is making this funding available to help make this purchase possible."
The President's FY 2013 budget proposal included an additional $1.5 million to be used toward the purchase of the former dairy. Also, earlier this year DOI released $1 million for the acquisition of senior water rights associated with the establishment of this urban wildlife refuge. The Bureau of Reclamation also plans to invest $22.5 million in the Middle Rio Grande for efforts focused on the protection and recovery of the Rio Grande silvery minnow and southwestern willow flycatcher.