CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — Officials say a project to address water-quality issues in an Arkansas watershed will receive an additional $1.2 million in federal funding.

The Point Remove-Mississippi River Basin Initiative Project is a voluntary initiative that helps agricultural producers in the Lake Conway-Point Remove watershed implement conservation practices.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the project area is located in portions of Conway, Pope and Yell counties. The program originally was awarded a little more than $1 million.

State Conservationist Mike Sullivan with the Agriculture Department's National Resources Conservation Service says besides implementing conservation practices, the funding will help producers improve water quality, control soil erosion, improve soil quality, and provide wildlife habitat.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com