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USDA Invests in Mississippi's Local Watersheds Project to Protect Communities and Vital Infrastructure

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Laura T. Anderson, Acting Public Affairs Specialist
601.863.3922


USDA Invests in Mississippi's Local Watersheds Project to

Protect Communities and Vital Infrastructure


 

Jackson, Miss., Sept. 21, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest $24 million in one multi-year project in Mississippi that aims to build vital infrastructure while conserving natural resources through the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention ProgramUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) works with local groups to help prevent floods, protect watersheds, improve agricultural water management and enhance wildlife habitat through this program.

 

 

 

“The health of the nation’s watersheds is important to reduce potential damage from flooding and erosion,” said Kurt Readus, NRCS state conservationist for Mississippi. “This program plays a critical role in protecting lives and property and improving natural resources within our watersheds.”

 

 

 

 

The projects are both remedial and new and will take place in smaller watersheds that cover 250,000 acres or less. The projects are owned by local sponsors, such as conservation districts, local governments, and American Indian tribes. NRCS serves as the primary technical advisor to project sponsors because of its engineering and environmental expertise and ability to deliver science-base technology and knowledge about the watershed’s natural resources and ecosystem.

 

 

Mississippi’s projects include:

 

Rocky Creek Bayou Levee –  In addition to existing channels, levees and variety of flood control structures previously installed that have helped reduce the flooding of lands along the Yazoo River, the proposed series of levees and additional water control structures will add to and integrate with the current levees to provide a more complete levee system and further solve and reduce the agricultural and urban flooding in the area. The project proposes to install 16.1 miles of levee, one large water control structure and 15 smaller water control structures on the Rocky Creek Bayou side of the Yazoo River and 28.4 miles of levee, one large water control structure and 28 smaller water control structures on the Carter Area side of the Yazoo River.  Funding is for planning, design, and construction of the new levees.

 

 

 

Since 1947, the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program has helped communities address critical needs on flood control, water management, watershed protection, and development. This strong federal, state and local partnership has resulted in the construction of more than 2,000 watershed projects that help communities in every state and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. These watershed projects reflect a federal investment of about $6.2 billion and deliver an estimated $2.2 billion in average annual benefits nationwide.

 

 

 

More information on this program is available at www.ms.nrcs.usda.gov.

 

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