A report released to The Associated Press says one federal agency has already committed more than a half-billion dollars to the Gulf Coast in the past two years, nearly one-fifth of it on projects directly linked to recovery from the 2010 oil spill.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service detailed its Gulf projects in a report to be released next week. The report was given to the AP in advance.
The NRCS says it has committed nearly $570 million to such projects since 2010.
Some projects started shortly before the Deepwater Horizon rig blew up in April 2010, killing 11 people and spilling hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf. Others began during the cleanup.