Corinth gives drainage commission go-ahead to apply for $200,000 grant

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – The ongoing effort to solve Corinth and Alcorn County drainage problems is intensifying as another season of potentially heavy rainfall approaches.
Commissioner Milton Sandy of the Bridge, Phillips and Elam Creek Drainage Districts received approval this week from the Corinth city board to apply for a Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Grant to assess floodwater retention needs in relation to the three approved drainage districts.
The grant, if approved, could provide up to $200,000 to explore flood control and watershed management options for the city.
No local match money would be required from the city if a Brownfield Assessment Grant is awarded, Sandy said.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funds grants to states to study sites for the possible presence of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants.
In the original planning of the canal system to channel water through the citywide drainage system, Sandy said large water retention areas were included. However, neither of those retention ponds that were proposed at the north end of the Phillips Creek Canal and the easternmost end of the Bridge Creek Canal were ever completed.
Scott Engineering prepared a report outlining the issues.
Based on discussions with community stakeholders and the Natural Resources Conservation Service during a green infrastructure meeting last year, the drainage commissioners wanted to determine whether the water retention areas could be recovered and restored for flood mitigation and as areas environmentally beneficial to the city.
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com