Stimulus Money for New Mexico Spent On Studying Beaver Dams in Yellowstone

NM WatchdogOne of the first New Mexico projects to receive funds from the Obama stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, had nothing to do with New Mexico. It was a $184,986 study of beaver dams in Yellowstone National Park, which is located not in the Land of Enchantment, but in the Cowboy State, in northwestern Wyoming. With money from the stimulus package, the National Science Foundation awarded the grant to the University of New Mexico “to document beaver-related sediments in floodplains of small streams in the greater Yellowstone area, in deposits dating from the present back to the end of the last glaciation about 12,000 years ago (the Holocene epoch).” What would be accomplished by this expenditure of funds intended to create jobs for human beings? According to the official description of the project on the website, the site created by the Obama Administration to “track every dime” (the President’s words) of the stimulus: “By detailing the texture, mineral and organic composition, chemistry, and sedimentary structures of modern beaver-pond deposits and their associated landforms, this work will define diagnostic characteristics essential to identifying beaver-related deposits in older floodplain sequences and abandoned channels. Read More News New Mexico



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