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$59 million added to Mississippi River initiative, bringing total to $289 million

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) -

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will be investing $59 million into the health of the Mississippi River basin.

Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack says the initiative now has $289 million.

The Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative is an effort to reduce nutrient and sediment run-off.

"The Mississippi River basin is an example of how voluntary conservation practices in small watersheds can help improve a larger system," said Vilsack. "This initiative provides an opportunity for farmers and ranchers to voluntarily do their part and get recognized for it, while also continuing to build on the success of our producers, partners, and other state and federal agencies whose combined efforts have made significant progress toward reducing nitrogen and sediment runoff in the Mississippi River Basin."

The Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative is in its fourth year.

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