LITTLE ROCK — Wetland restoration projects in seven Mississippi River Basin states will receive $32 million, including $5.4 million in Arkansas, U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday.

LITTLE ROCK — Wetland restoration projects in seven Mississippi River Basin states will receive $32 million, including $5.4 million in Arkansas, U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday.

The projects in Arkansas, the sponsor and amounts are:

• Cache River and Lower White-Bayou Des Arc wetlands restoration, The Nature Conservancy, $3 million.

• Boeuf River Watershed, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, $2.18 million.

• Cache/L’Anguille, Craighead County Conservation District, $214,748.

About $20.2 million will go to the restoration of hardwood bottomland along the Mississippi River from Wickliff, Ky., to Baton Rouge, La.

Iowa will receive $6 million for work along the North Racoon River.

“These projects are great examples of USDA working with partners to improve water quality in t he Mississippi River Basin,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a news release.

When fully implemented, the projects will prevent sediment and nutrients from entering waterways, reduce flooding and improve fish and bird habitat.

The projects should improve 11,400 acres of wetland habitat, the department said. The program involves enlisting landowners who will allow work on their privately owned land.

Since 2010, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has invested about $17.8 million in long-term conservation easements and wetland restoration projects along the Mississippi River Basin.

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