$2.9M grant for Bayou oyster reef restoration

BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. (AP) - A federal agency is sending $2.9 million to Bayou La Batre to rebuild oyster reefs and natural breakwater structures along about 1.5 miles of shoreline.

The coastal Alabama restoration project was one of 50 announced Tuesday by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke. The marine and coastal habitat rebuilding work is being paid for with $167 million in stimulus funds.

Locke said the projects "will put Americans to work while restoring our coasts and combating climate change."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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