The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced $50 million for restoration work in seven U.S. river basins around the Gulf of Mexico. The money will boost programs that help farmers cut nutrients and sediment flowing from their land into rivers and the Gulf.The pledge accompanies the release of a federal Gulf Coast task force’s report, which calls for restoring wetlands and barrier islands, cleaning up pollution, and preparing coastal communities for severe storms. Officials indicated that more announcements of financial assistance for Gulf restoration could be on the way.
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