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May 29, 2012 7:19 AM by AP

Partnership to help 4 La. watersheds

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Louisiana has about $1 million in funding that will be spent on four watersheds to improve water quality.

The Advocate reports the Conservation Service is joining with the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry and the state Department of Environmental Quality to help leverage money and efforts on the water-quality projects.

While partnerships aren't unusual, Sarah Haymaker, the Conservation Service's acting state conservationist, says in this case the three agencies chose relatively small areas to focus on so progress can be more measurable.

The four focus areas for the grant are Lake Louis Watershed, in Catahoula Parish; Indian Bayou Watershed, Acadia, Lafayette and Vermillion parishes; and the East Fork Big Creek Watershed and Big Creek Watershed, both in Tangipahoa Parish.

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