Media coverage has built up political momentum in Washington for increased funding of wetland preservation projects that in the long run could restore more acreage than was damaged, the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune said Sunday.
"There's been a real increase in D.C. in awareness of the urgency of the problem," said Karla Raettig of the National Wildlife Federation.
The billions of dollars earmarked by BP should help fund some projects that Congress has refused to pay for.
Green organizations told the newspaper that the gulf was losing around 25 square miles of coastal wetlands a year before the Deepwater Horizon sank.
They cautioned that the budget deficit and political atmosphere in Washington remained volatile enough that the BP money for restoration could be siphoned off or projects tied to increase offshore drilling regulations could be killed.
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