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FY24−25 Priority Goals

Addressing Legacy Pollution by Reclaiming Abandoned Mine Lands and Remediating Orphaned Wells

By September 30, 2025, DOI will use Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funds to assist states in reclaiming 1,150 abandoned mine land problems; and support the plugging of 7,900 identified orphaned oil and gas wells on state, private, tribal, and federal lands. By reducing legacy pollution with BIL investments, DOI is helping to improve community health and safety, create good paying jobs, and address the climate crisis, all of which is transforming a legacy of pollution into a legacy of environmental stewardship.

Facilitating Safe and Environmentally Responsible Offshore Wind Energy Development

By September 30, 2025, the Department of the Interior will complete the environmental and technical reviews of construction and operations plans for commercial offshore wind projects capable of generating at least 60% of the capacity needed to meet the national goal of deploying 30 GWs of offshore wind capacity by 2030.

Improve Tribal Land into Trust Processing

Indian Affairs (IA) in coordination with the Office of the Solicitor (SOL) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will reduce the amount of time required to process land into trust applications. By September 30, 2025, the coordination of IA, SOL, and BLM activities will reduce the average time of processing land into trust applications from 779 days to 650 days to better meet the principles and guidelines established in the Indian Reorganization Act and reaffirmed in the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.

Water Conservation

Increase water conservation capacity to help achieve a more sustainable water supply and to address impacts of drought in the western United States. By September 30, 2025, the Department of the Interior will implement programs that increase water conservation and improve water efficiency to conserve 1,500,000-acre feet of water across the 17 western United States. This will include water conservation in multiple basins, addressing the critically low water levels to ensure continued water delivery to U.S. agriculture, communities, and generation of clean hydropower energy.