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Alabama gets millions in aid for gulf restoration

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Montgomery, AL -

Alabama is getting its first installment of aid money designated for projects that will help efforts to restore natural resources affected by the Gulf oil spill in 2010.  This initial $12.6 million is for three projects.

Governor Robert Bentley says the money approved by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is part of $356 million that is expected for Alabama projects from the federal government's plea deal with BP and Transocean.

The governor said $6.8 million will go toward restoring degraded streams and reducing excessive erosion in the D'Olive Watershed. About $3.8 million will be used to restore oyster reefs in Mobile Bay, the Mississippi Sound and Bon Secour Bay.

Another $2 million will cover restoration work at the Fowl River Watershed.

Bentley said the projects will be coordinated by the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program with broad based community participation.





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