WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJTV) – On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss) announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is directing an additional $63.6 million in FY2021 funding to Mississippi for work on 17 projects, including $9.2 million for pre-construction project planning and related activities, and to acquire mitigation lands for the new, recently approved Proposed Plan for the Yazoo Area Pump Project.
Hyde-Smith said the Army Corps FY2021 Work Plan outlines the projects receiving additional resources this year.
“I am very pleased with the Army Corps allocation of additional funding for projects in Mississippi that will benefit public health and safety, as well as our economy,” Hyde-Smith said. “I am particularly pleased the Army Corps is dedicating $9.2 million for pre-construction planning and other activities on the New Proposal for the Yazoo Area Pump Project, which will advance the project into the next important phase of implementation.”
The survey and design funding comes on the heels of Friday’s Record of Decision (ROD) signing for the Yazoo Area Pump Project Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). The ROD marked the formal end of the rigorous environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). It represents the Corps’ final decision to advance its new plan to reduce annual flood damages to urban and agricultural areas through a combination of structural and nonstructural features.
In addition to the Yazoo pumps funding, the FY2021 Work Plan will support flood control structures, two wastewater projects in DeSoto County, and two harbor dredging projects in Gulfport and Pascagoula. It also provides $15.4 million to support a “new start,” to initiate and physically and fiscally complete construction of the Forrest Heights levee project as part of the Mississippi Coastal Improvement Program (MsCIP).
The FY2021 Work Plan will supplement Corps-specific funding included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 enacted in late December. This law provided $74.1 million for 27 authorized flood control, navigation, and related projects and activities in Mississippi, including: $22 million for operation, maintenance, and recreation at Mississippi flood control reservoirs (Arkabutla, Enid, Grenada, and Sardis Lakes); $30.6 million for operation, maintenance, and wildlife mitigation activities on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway; and $14.7 million for dredging operations at ports in Gulfport, Pascagoula, Biloxi, Vicksburg, Greenville and Rosedale.
DETAILS: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers FY2021 Work Plan (Mississippi)
Total of additional $63.6 million for 17 Mississippi projects
Construction Account: $21,800,000 total (new funding)
- $4,800,000 for construction of the Lower Camp Creek Interceptor Phase 2 portion of the DeSoto County Wastewater Treatment Project
- $1,600,000 to complete sewer system improvements in Olive Branch, MS
- $15,400,000 to initiate and complete construction of the Forrest Heights Levee project as part of the Mississippi Coastal Improvement Program (MsCIP)
Operation & Maintenance Account: $7,575,000 total
- Additional $150,000 for cyber-security upgrades on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (FY2021 total: $30,830,000)
- Additional $3,750,000 for Gulfport Harbor dredging (FY2021 total: $8,251,000)
- Additional $3,700,000 for Pascagoula Harbor dredging (FY2021 total: $9,987,000)
Mississippi River and Tributaries – Construction: $29,141,000 total (new funding)
- $11,200,000 million for the Yazoo Backwater Area for pre-construction project planning and acquire mitigation lands for the new Yazoo Area Pump Project proposal ($9.2 million); and survey, map, and review elevation options to raise portions of the Yazoo Backwater levee ($2 million)
- $3,130,000 for Big Sunflower River to construct additional project phases
- $14,811,000 for Upper Yazoo Projects to design and construct additional project items
Mississippi River and Tributaries – Operation and Maintenance: $5,090,000 total
- Additional $2,908,000 – Arkabutla Lake (FY2021 total: $8,234,000)
- Additional $506,000 – Grenada Lake (FY2021 total: $5,832,000)
- Additional $280,000 – Sardis Lake (FY2021 total: $6,518,000)
- Additional $100,000 – Yazoo Backwater Area (FY2021 total: $525,000)
- Additional $211,000 – Enid Lake (FY2021 total: $5,324,000)
- Additional $635,000 – Main Stem (FY2021 total: $1,528,000)
- Additional $350,000 – Yazoo City (FY2021 total: $714,000)
- Additional $100,000 – Big Sunflower River (FY2021 total: $246,000)