APNewsBreak: Feds funnel millions into Gulf Coast - Article Photos 1/2

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 28, 2011 file photo, Scott Alford, center, a soil conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, points out features of a manmade marsh to Harris Sherman, right, undersecretary for natural resources and the environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Julie Grogan-Brown, left, also with the USDA, near Baytown, Texas. The marsh is part of a project to restore lost wetlands and islands off the Texas coast. A report released to The Associated Press says the Natural Resources Conservation Service 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. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)