Patoka River Refuge expansion gets $3 million

    SW Indiana's Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge getting $3 million in grants for expansion
    Posted on April 7, 2014 at 3:57 a.m.

    OAKLAND CITY, Ind. (AP) — A southwestern Indiana wildlife refuge is receiving more than $3 million in grants to help draw more waterfowl and to improve water quality and recreation.

    The federal Migratory Bird Conservation Commission has approved $1 million for an expansion of the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge about 30 miles northeast of Evansville. The commission announced last week the project also has $2.1 million in matching grants.

    The expansion is aimed at restoring and enhancing habitat within the 6,600-acre refuge. The work will include providing migration and breeding areas for waterfowl, helping rare and endangered fish and wildlife, improving water quality and providing recreation opportunities with local economic impacts.

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