Corinth drainage workshop offers options

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – No instant solutions to Corinth flooding woes and no ready funding stream flowed from Wednesday’s workshop on green infrastructure.
However, a workshop that brought together about 50 people who now have more information and can help work on the problem is a major step, said organizer Milton Sandy Jr.
“What I’m hoping is that other people will start thinking about drainage and put their brainpower to work to help solve the problem,” Sandy said.
Experts on green infrastructure gave presentations that reinforced the idea that building green, restoring paved-over areas with water-penetrable materials and planting more trees hold promise for helping reverse some flooding problems.
The free Corinth workshop was one of five planned for Mississippi that focused on planning and developing in a way that sustains air and water resources and contributes to a community’s health and quality of life.
Participants in the workshop included Corinth and Alcorn County officials, individuals from the soil and water conservation district, a water management district, a planning and development district, high school students, a drainage district and others.
The event was sponsored by the North Central Resource Conservation and Development Council, the Mississippi Department of Environmental quality, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-Region 4, the Mississippi Development Authority, the Natural Resources Initiative of Mississippi and Pine Ridge Marketing.
Sandy emphasized that any solution to flooding in the basin engulfing Corinth – once a swamp area – must include restoring the three drainage systems installed more than a century ago to redirect storm water to avert flooding.

Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.