**FILE** Scott Alford (center), a soil conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, points out features of a man-made marsh to Harris Sherman (right), undersecretary for natural resources and the environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Julie Grogan-Brown (left), also with the USDA, near Baytown, Texas. The marsh is part of a project to restore lost wetlands and islands off the Texas coast. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Scott Alford (center), a soil conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, points out features of a man-made marsh to Harris Sherman (right), undersecretary for natural resources and the environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Julie Grogan-Brown (left), also with the USDA, near Baytown, Texas. The marsh is part of a project to restore lost wetlands and islands off the Texas coast. (Associated Press)