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Alaska's national parks get stimulus funds

The toilets should work better at Denali National Park and Preserve thanks to President Barack Obama's federal stimulus spending.

The Alaska regional office of the National Park Service announced Wednesday it is getting $6.3 million in stimulus money to start work this summer to replace that park's wastewater treatment facility and rehabilitate the sewage collection system.

Denali, along the George Parks Highway between Anchorage and Fairbanks, is the most popular road-accessible national park in the state.

Money to upgrade the plumbing is a portion of about $750 million going to nearly 800 park projects nationwide under the terms of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, according to the Park Service.

One of the requirements for getting funding under the act was that projects be ready to proceed almost immediately in order to pump dollars from construction jobs into the faltering national economy.

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