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EPA Sends $1 Million for Okla. Conservation Work (Aug 29, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The head of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to provide almost $1 million for conservation work in two state watersheds.

The association's president, Joe Parker, says the EPA will supplement efforts by local, state and federal agencies to protect the North Canadian River-Oklahoma River Watershed and the Illinois River Watershed.

Projects include working with farmers, ranchers and landowners to control water pollution. Parker says the work has reduced nutrients as much as 60 percent to 70 percent. Several segments of streams have been taken off the EPA's impaired streams list.

Parker says the EPA announcement recognizes the water quality work that's already underway in the state.

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