WASHINGTON — The World Resources Institute (WRI) released a new paper today assessing the USDA's Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI), according to a press release.

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The MRBI is a promising new approach to clean up this critical watershed, noted the release.

The initiative concentrates a portion of taxpayer-supported conservation funds in high-priority targeted watersheds, which WRI found to be a better strategy than dispersing funds across the rural landscape, the release reported.

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According to the release, the initiative could help achieve measureable improvements in many local streams and rivers and protect the Mississippi even with reduced taxpayer funds.

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