- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 17, 2015

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (AP) - Officials say a combined $20 million in public and private sector investment is expected to benefit the Saginaw Bay Watershed.

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan on Tuesday plans to join officials for an event near the Cass River in Frankenmuth to highlight the project. Her office says $10 million in public money will be matched by $10 million in private sector funds.

The Saginaw Bay Watershed Conservation Partnership will help farmers improve productivity in the field, restore wetland areas, reduce excessive sediment and nutrient runoff as well as monitor long-term trends in fish population and habitats.

The Michigan Agri-Business Association and The Nature Conservancy plan to lead 35 local partners on the project. Support for the work comes through the 2014 Farm Bill’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

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