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Millions in federal funding awarded to restore floodplains

MADISON (WKOW) - Wisconsin will receive nearly $20 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 to help restore 4,040 acres of Wisconsin floodplains to their natural state.  

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said of the states slated for floodplain easement resources under today's announcement, Wisconsin stands second in funding and third in overall acres. 

"These funds will improve habitat, water quality, flood prevention and conservation," said Senator Herb Kohl, D-Wisconsin. "That our state had so many successful applications is a testament to Wisconsin landowners and our conservation professionals. This is a significant boost to sustainability in Wisconsin."

The United States Department of Agriculture was given $145 million through the AARA to acquire floodplain easements and restore land.  The department received more than 4,200 applications for this competitively awarded funding. Nationwide, today's announcement covered 289 applications covering more than 36,000 acres in 36 states.

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