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‘That’s a lot of money’: $53 million for Lake Pontchartrain Basin in Biden infrastructure bill

Posted on November 15, 2021

The ecological health of the 10,000-square-mile Lake Pontchartrain Basin will be the focus of $53 million in grants in the federal infrastructure bill that President Joe Biden plans to sign Monday.

About $10.5 million will be distributed annually over the next five years by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a variety of programs aimed at improving water quality and restoring fish and wildlife habitat. That’s as much as 10 times what EPA annually provides for the basin.

“To go from $1 million to $2 million a year to $10 million a year, that’s a lot of money,” said Kristi Trail, executive director of the Pontchartrain Conservancy, which is likely to receive a significant share of the money. Trail said it’s unclear how much the conservancy will receive.



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