Stimulus To Ease Oklahoma Dam Woes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma is in line for $25 million to rehabilitate high hazard earthen dams, with $12.1 million anticipated from the federal stimulus package.

Conservation officials say the funding is expected to create 160 to 200 jobs, mostly in rural areas.

Officials say Oklahoma is in better shape than others to get stimulus funds because a state match is required and Oklahoma already has targeted $8 million for the dam work.

Those funds are in a $12 million bond issue expected to be reauthorized in a bill working its way through the Legislature.

The bond program for dam rehabilitation was nullified last month because the Supreme Court ruled 2008 bond package violated the state Constitution's single-subject rule.

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