Heavy rains in April 2011 severely eroded the streambank adjacent to the city of Lynn, Ark., causing failure to cities sewer pumping station, water main and City Street. Thanks to the NRCS’s Emergency Watershed Program and a 90 percent cost-share, the city of just over 300 people in Lawrence County was able to get the damage repaired. The work consisted of grading and shaping the existing channel and placing 150-feet of rip rap on each side of the streambank. “We could not have done the repair without NRCS funds and their technical expertise,” said Lynn Mayor Van Doyle. “The whole project went off without a hitch. The citizens of our small city are very grateful.”
Greg Howard, Soil Conservation Technician from the Walnut Ridge FSC, served as the inspector; Mike Smith, area resource engineer at the Jonesboro TSC, served as the COR; and Mark Luckritz, contracting officer at Columbia, Mo., served as the contracting officer. The project was completed in early June 2011. Geurin Contracting, owned by Josh Geurin of Lynn, was the contractor who performed the work.