USDA to Help Restore Western Mass. Waterways Damaged by Tropical Storm Irene

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service has appropriated nearly $2.8 million to repair Western Massachusetts waterways damaged by Tropical Storm Irene. But municipalities will have to prove that changes to rivers and streams are a threat to public safety.

The USDA funds are being provided through the Emergency Watershed Protection program, which offers financial and technical assistance to reduce excessive erosion and flooding after a natural disaster.