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

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 28, 2011 file photo, Scott Alford, a soil conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, walks along the banks of a manmade marsh, a creation dredged from the Houston Ship Channel 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)