- Associated Press - Thursday, August 18, 2016

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A $1 million federal grant will help farmers and local partners restore wetlands on public and private lands in Michigan.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says the funding will be distributed through the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s wetland mitigation banking program.

Stabenow is ranking Democratic member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. She says the funding will help state officials work with farmers on improving wetlands, which protect water quality and provide habitat for waterfowl and other animals.

The wetland program was established under the 2014 federal farm bill.

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