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Mar 29, 2013 9:17 AM by AP

Poverty Point erosion funds sought

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is seeking emergency state funding to mitigate erosion at the Poverty Point State Historic Site, which is a candidate for World Heritage Site status.

Dardenne told The Advocate Thursday he has submitted a $750,000 request for funding to the Interim Emergency Board, which handles unexpected projects that crop up between legislative sessions.

Dardenne said he is trying to get the Interim Emergency Board to hold an emergency session prior to the April 8 session start to expedite funding to the project.

He says the erosion, caused by Harlin Bayou, is on the northern part of the site and threatens part of the approximately 3,500-year-old earthworks.

Poverty Point is located in northeast Louisiana near Delhi.

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