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ENVIRO-NEWS  June 2009

ENVIRO-NEWS June 2009

Subject:

Vilsack Announces Nearly $42.3 Million in Recovery Act Funding for Watershed Projects

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USDA
Release No. 0190.09 
Contact: Office of Communications (202) 720-4623   

Vilsack Announces Nearly $42.3 Million in Recovery Act Funding for
Watershed Projects 

Builds on USDA Efforts to Create Jobs, Help Rural Communities and
Conserve Natural Resources   

TERRE HAUTE, Ind., June 2, 2009 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
today announced that USDA will provide nearly $42.3 million in
additional funding to 14 states to improve water quality, increase water
supply, decrease soil erosion, and improve fish and wildlife habitat
while creating jobs in rural communities as part of the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. 

"This next wave of funding will give even more people opportunities to
conserve our nation's natural resources while boosting local economies,"
Vilsack said. "The overwhelming response we received with the first wave
of Recovery Act funding shows the assistance that people and communities
need, and we look forward to helping them deliver it by investing in
improving local watershed projects." 

Through ARRA, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has
a key role in creating jobs for Americans in areas of our nation that
are most impacted economically and by natural disaster. By working
closely with local community sponsors to identify projects that are
ready for implementation, NRCS will direct the technical and financial
assistance available toward improving public safety and the environment
as well as relieving stress on local economies through job creation and
retention. 

ARRA funds for these projects will be used for conservation practices to
achieve a healthy environment through conserving water and improving
irrigation efficiency, controlling soil erosion and installing filter
strips, flood-proofing homes, enhancing stream corridor and floodplain
functions, constructing small flood control dams, and improving wildlife
and aquatic habitat. 

The jobs ARRA creates in the private sector will enhance the rate of
restoration and improve watershed management so that the impacts of
flooding will decline and communities are safer, sooner. 

USDA is directing technical and financial assistance available through
this funding toward projects that are ready to begin and that will
relieve stress on local economies through the creation of jobs. NRCS has
worked closely with sponsors to identify projects that are ready for
immediate implementation. 

State	Project	Funding
	
AL	Camp Branch	$175,000	
AL	Northeast Yellow River	$255,000	
CA	Lower Silver Creek	$9,000,000	
IA	Bear Creek	$755,000	
IN	Honey Creek	$3,300,000	
KS	Lyons Creek	$1,248,000	
MS	Ellison Creek	$1,875,000	
MS	Little and Upper Tallahatchie	$2,200,000	
MS	Town Creek	$930,000	
MS	Yazoo-Arkabutla Creek	$1,000,000	
MS	Yazoo-Upper Piney Creek	$875,000	
MS	Yazoo-Upper Skuna River	$750,000	
MT	Lower Birch Creek	$527,000	
NE 	Gering Valley	$2,200,000	
SC	South Darlington	$1,040,000	
KS	Wet Walnut No. 5	$199,000	
KY	North Fork of Little River	$725,000	
NM	Prop Canyon and Tributaries	$1,200,000	
NM	Santa Cruz River	$240,000	
OK	Bear-Fall-Coon Creeks	$75,000	
OK	Lost Duck Creek	$45,000	
OK	Lower Clear Boggy Creek	$50,000	
OK	Uncle John Creek	$175,000	
OK	Upper Black Bear Creek	$110,000	
OK	Upper Muddy Boggy Creek	$45,000	
OK	Upper Red Rock Creek	$85,000	
OK	Washita Creek	$809,000	
TN	Cane Creek	$12,400,000	
Total	.	$42,288,000
	

Funding provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of
2009 is part of the Obama Administration's plans to modernize the
nation's infrastructure, jumpstart the economy, and create jobs. For
more information, visit www.recovery.gov . 

To learn more about your eligibility for USDA projects underway through
the Recovery Act, go to www.usda.gov . 

#
[USDA news releases are available in the "Newsroom" section at
http://www.usda.gov/. ]

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