- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Livingston Parish officials hope to use more than half a million dollars in coastal restoration funds to clean out a number of waterways, repair a public boat launch and buy two sandbagging machines.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1LvYEGj) the money flows from a portion of Clean Water Act penalties against BP stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Those penalties go through the five funding mechanisms of the RESTORE Act, a 2012 federal law that directs the money to the five Gulf States affected0 by the oil spill.

Officials say Livingston Parish is in line to receive $561,895 of that funding, which can be used for flood protection, restoration of natural resources and infrastructure projects benefiting the economy or ecological resources.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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