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2010 Annual Report ARRA Projects

2010 Annual Report - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The NRCS staff in Arkansas has been making steady progress on more than $5 million worth of projects in Arkansas funded through ARRA. Arkansas’s projects include:

  • A $1.7 million flood control and water supply structure rehabilitation project in Scott County is designed to provide added flood prevention for the city of Waldron. The rehabilitation work will extend the service life of the structure another 100 years allowing it to continue to provide flood prevention benefits, meet current safety requirements and increase storage space for drinking water. The Poteau River Multipurpose Dam No. 5 and reservoir is the city’s primary source of water for approximately 4,000 people in a 17-square-mile area. The project is on track to be completed by Nov. 11, 2010.
     

  • Ozan Creek Site 1: The 50-acre reservoir provides flood protection for three farms and 2,926 acres in the watershed. The project consisted of repairing a diversion around the upper end of the auxiliary spillway by constructing a riprap chute to stabilize a large overfall at the end of the diversion. The project was completed in July 2010 with a final cost of $52,711.
     

  • Poteau River Site 4: The 36-acre reservoir provides flood protection for the City of Waldron, nine farms and 1,440 acres in the watershed. Site 4 is directly upstream of Site 5, a rural water supply reservoir, and can provide additional water for the area if needed. The project consisted of repairing the principal spillway outlet structure. The principal spillway pipe was repaired by slip lining the existing pipe with a high strength polyethylene pipe. The project was completed in August 2010 with a final cost of $90,156.
     

  • South Fourche Site 1: The 65-acre reservoir provides flood protection for 93 farms and 17,949 acres in the watershed. The project consisted of enlarging and reconstructing a portion of the plunge pool. The sides were armored with riprap. The project was completed in July 2010 with a final cost of $82,588.
     

  • Upper Petit Jean Site 9: The 310-acre reservoir provides flood control and water for 4,500 people in the City of Booneville and other areas of Logan County. The project used a chemical grout to seal and bond stress cracks between the principal spillway inlet structure and outlet pipe. The project was completed in July 2010 with a final cost of $113,427.
     

  • Eight easements were chosen in Arkansas on more than 3,470 acres in Arkansas, Clay, Jefferson, Phillips, Prairie, Pulaski and Yell counties. More than $2.97 million have been spent on purchasing the easements to restore flood-prone areas to their natural state. Restoration of these sites is expected to cost almost $400,000. The projects are scheduled to be completed between December 2010 and March 2011.

Watershed Operations

Project Contract Award Date Construction Start Date Construction Completion Final Payment Date Construction Cost
Upper Petit Jean Site 9 8/18/2009 9/14/2009 7/13/2010 8/2/2010 $113,427
Ozan Creek Site 11 4/26/2010 6/7/2010 7/6/2010 7/24/2010 $52,711
Poteau River Site 4 6/25/2010 7/17/2010 8/13/2010 8/26/2010 $90,156
South Fourche Site 1 6/4/2010 6/22/2010 7/1/2010 2/21/2010 $82,588

Watershed Rehabilitation

Project Contract Award Date Construction Start Date Expected Construction Completion Expected Final Payment Date Estimated Construction Cost
Poteau River Site 5 5/12/2010 6/4/2010 11/1/2010 12/30/2010 $1.2 million

Emergency Watershed Program - Floodplain Easements

Project Option to Purchase Easement Closing Easement Cost Restoration Cost Restoration Complete/Cert.
Whitting Farms 8/12/2009 9/23/2010 $238,550 $59,532  
Eubanks 8/7/2009 6/16/2010 $15,400 $3,000  
Clancy 8/15/2009 10/18/2010 $52,000 $9,962  
Kirkland 8/15/2009 10/20/2010 $130,000 $23,741  
Holland Bottoms 8/26/2009 6/16/2010 $376,550 $54,458  
Seven Lakes 9/5/2009 8/5/2010 $606,880 $269,609  
Brown Farm 4/15/2010 10/30/2010 $1,057,000 $149,279  
American Land Conservancy 4/15/2010 10/20/2010 $500,000 $0  

Project Implementation

  Appropriated Obligated Dollars Obligated by % Disbursed in Dollars Disbursed by %
Watershed Ops $338,882 $338,882 100 $338,882 100
Watershed Rehab $1,105,000 $1,105,000 100 $480,000 43
FPE $3,452,000 $2,976,380 88 $988,830 29
Total $5,088,000 $4,155,424 82 $123,425 3