River Group Approves Poultry Gift For Watershed Program

ILLINOIS - Farmers and conservationists could benefit from a federal program that would help improve water quality in the Illinois River watershed.

Members of the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission voted Tuesday to use $191,000 of the gift received this summer from Arkansas poultry companies to match funds for an Environmental Protection Agency conservation reserve enhancement program.

Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson sued the poultry companies in June over pollution in the watershed and Edmondson has said the gift to the commission from the companies was an obvious ploy to make them look better in the courtroom.

"It's a tremendous victory for Oklahoma's scenic streams. The money doesn't know where it came and we're thrilled to death to have the commission unanimously approve the CREP program tonight," said Rick Stubblefield, outgoing chairman of the commission.

Source: nwaonline.net
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