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Upper Petit Jean Watershed Site 9 Announced

Upper Petit Jean Watershed Site 9 - Logan County Announced

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced April 16 that the USDA will be sending $84.8 million to state and local governments to improve water quality, increase water supply, decrease soil erosion, and improve fish and wildlife habitat in rural communities as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

Arkansas will receive $134,000 for repairs to the Upper Petit Jean Watershed Site No. 9 project. The 310-acre reservoir in Logan County provides flood control for 19,872 acres and water supply for the city of Booneville.

“Three stress cracks have developed in the transition between the principal spillway inlet structure and outlet pipe,” said Kalven L. Trice, state conservationist. “The cracks pose no immediate threats, but we’re concerned the steel in the reinforced concrete might corrode over time. The concrete is very durable and looks better than many 30-year-old hydraulic structures.”

The work will entail using a chemical grout to seal and bond the full depth of each crack.

“President Obama is committed to improving water quality, creating more dependable water supplies and decreasing soil erosion and this funding will make a big difference in the lives of the people who live in these rural communities,” Vilsack said.

Other major benefits include improved community safety and health, flood mitigation, sediment control, and enhanced fish and wildlife habitat.

ARRA funds will be used across the country to develop conservation measures such as planting vegetative cover and creating shallow water ponds to improve wildlife habitat, improving irrigation efficiency and conserving water, installing filter strips and soil erosion control practices, flood proofing homes and enhancing stream corridor and floodplain function, and constructing small flood control dams.

USDA is directing technical and financial assistance available through this funding toward projects that are ready to begin and that will relieve stress on local economies through the creation of over 1,400 jobs.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has worked closely with sponsors to identify projects that are ready for immediate implementation.

Funding provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is part of the Obama Administration’s plans to modernize the nation's infrastructure, jumpstart the economy and create jobs.  For more information on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, visit www.recovery.gov.

To learn more about your eligibility for USDA projects underway through the Recovery Act, go to www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome. For a listing of projects funded in other states, go to http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/.