The nonprofit Rivers of Steel will receive more funding through 2021 if the National Resources Management Act is signed into law.
Rivers of Steel is Pittsburgh’s go-to resource for anybody looking to learn more about the region’s industrial past. The nonprofit hosts boat tours, preserves historic sites such as the Carrie Blast Furnaces, and maintains collections of materials of the regions’s once-thriving steel industry.
Soon, it may get the chance to expand its operations even further.
The U.S. Senate recently passed the Natural Resources Management Act, which includes provisions to provide more federal funding for the nation’s heritage areas — sites specifically dedicated to preserving a region’s historical, social, and cultural past. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Scranton) sponsored the particular amendment that raised the cap for the 1996-2021 funding period from $17 million to $20 million.
This is a boon for Rivers of Steel, which covers more than 5,000 square miles through the Pittsburgh metro area.
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