New Gulf oil spill recovery program announced
NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says a new $40 million partnership will give money for conservation projects to landowners in states affected by BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
He says the department's Natural Resources Conservation Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation could eventually provide a total of up to $100 million over five years, each giving half the money.
Thomas Kelsch, the foundation's vice president for the Gulf, noted that it's helping to pay for Mississippi's restoration planning, which is expected to identify potential ways to improve areas such as Biloxi's Back Bay and the Mississippi Sound.
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