There is near unanimity that the Land and Water Conservation Fund is more important in light of the recent Gulf oil spill.
Given the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, would you say that it is more im- portant or less important that these funds from offshore oil and gas drilling be used to protect our forests, rivers, lakes, wetlands, beaches and wildlife habitat?
National telephone survey conducted May 11-13, 2010 by the bipartisan research team of Public Opinion Strategies and FM3.
LWCF Conservation Effort
The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a simple idea: that a portion of offshore drilling fees should be used to protect important land and water for all Americans. However, the promise of LWCF has been broken. The program is authorized to receive up to $900 million each year—but most of these funds have been diverted elsewhere. Even with the fraction of authorized funding that’s been available, LWCF has had positive conservation and recreation impacts throughout our country. Now is the time for Congress to keep the promise of LWCF by passing legislation to ensure full, dedicated funding of $900 million each year.
Recent polling found that voters think this is more important than ever in the light of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A July 2011 public opinion survey found:
By similar margins, the poll finds that a vast majority of Americans want Congress to honor its commitment to dedicate LWCF funds to these purposes rather than diverting them for unrelated uses.
- An overwhelming majority—88%—of voters support continuing to deposit fees from offshore oil and gasdrilling into the Land and Water Conservation Fund. In 2009, 81% of voters supported continued LWCF funding.
- More than three-quarters – 77 percent – support funding LWCF at $900 million a year.
- LWCF investments: protect clean drinking water supplies, support jobs and local economies, reduce fire-fighting costs, and conserve our common heritage and natural areas for wildlife, recreation, and for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.
If permanently funded at the authorized level of $900 million a year, the LWCF will help ensure our quality of life, from the water we drink to our enjoyment of the great outdoors. The LWCF Coalition, a collection of conservation, recreation and sportsmen's groups working together to meet America's conservation and recreation needs for the 21st Century.