U. S. Earmarks Funds to Control Erosion, Dust

Federal agriculture officials said Tuesday that they plan to spend nearly $800,000 in the Antelope Valley in the near future to control problems with soil erosion and blowing dust in the high desert.

The Soil Conservation Service of the U. S. Department of Agriculture announced plans to focus on 2,400 acres of parched, abandoned fields that have been a major source of problems. Federal officials will plant seeds, dig furrows and install fences.

The blowing dust and sand, worsened by the drought, has reduced visibility at Edwards Air Force Base, been blamed for numerous traffic accidents, and scoured painted surfaces and landscaping in the area, drawing complaints from residents.

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