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LA coast gets $800k for revitalization project

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Posted: Oct 14, 2010 12:17 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Oct 14, 2010 12:35 PM
Source: EPA, Associated Press

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Topics: wetlands, coastline, Louisiana, Gulf of Mexico

Louisiana will share $2.4 million dollars in grant money with Texas to make important repairs to Gulf Coast wetlands. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the cash to groups who will work along the coastline of the two states to revitalize habitats.

Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program (CBBEP), and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) are the grant recipients. They will use the money to restore land lost in areas where commercial and industrial development has decreased natural areas causing habitat loss and land degradation.

In Louisiana, researchers and scientists will use $800,000 to focus efforts at the Barataria-Terrebonne Bay.

"The window of opportunity for conservation of natural resources is gradually closing. These projects foster new approaches to conserve coastal wetlands," said Al Armendariz, Regional Administrator. "Protection and renewal of the wetlands will provide increased protection from coastal storms and more recreational opportunities."

For additional information on EPA grants click here.

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