Southeastern Colorado erosion control projects score some stimulus dough

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From the Pueblo Chieftain:

our watershed projects aimed at erosion control or habitat in Southeastern Colorado are part of President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package. The projects total more than $1.1 million and were announced Monday by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The money will go toward more than 50 projects in four areas covering about 288,000 acres in Pueblo, Otero, Bent, Prowers and Las Animas counties. Work is sponsored in partnerships between the Natural Resources Conservation Service and landowners. The projects will reduce erosion and sediment deposits into Lake Trinidad and the Arkansas River. Some have been in the planning process for a decade, but never started because of funding, said Allen Green, state conservationist.

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