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Vitter Announces $100,000 Grant For Coastal Protection, Restoration

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. David Vitter said Tuesday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will award a $100,000 grant to the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA).

This grant will be used to help reduce hypoxia, or low oxygen levels in the Gulf of Mexico caused by increased nutrients transported from the Mississippi River. The hypoxia has created a "dead zone."

"This grant awarded to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority will go a long way in protecting and restoring our coasts and waterways, which play such a vital role in our state-wide economy," Vitter said.

The grant will be used to develop a strategy to decrease the nutrient levels in the Gulf of Mexico, which will reduce hypoxia. The CPRA is a state entity structured by the Louisiana legislature with the sole authority to develop and implement strategies to deliver comprehensive coastal protection.

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