Corinth looks at greening city to foil flooding

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Green infrastructure may be a big part of the solution to flooding in Corinth, and the city will host a free information seminar Dec. 1 to explore the possibilities.
All local elected officials and other interested individuals are welcome and encouraged to attend, said organizer Milton Sandy Jr., commissioner for the Elam Creek Drainage District.
The registration deadline for the free event is Wednesday.
Sandy has been a central force behind efforts to reactivate drainage districts in Corinth with the goal of alleviating conditions that led to disastrous flooding on May 2.
There are potential “benefits and economic development advantages of planning and implementing green infrastructure,” Sandy wrote in a recent newsletter.
Experts from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, which sponsors the program, Mississippi State University and the North Mississippi Land Trust will be among the presenters.
Green infrastructure is the interconnected network of open spaces and natural areas that naturally manages storm water, reduces flooding risk and improves water quality, according to the website for the Center for Neighborhood Technology.
This development process is usually less costly to install and maintain compared to traditional infrastructure, along with fostering community unity by engaging residents in planning, planting and maintaining sites, CNT said.
“I believe that green infrastructure can play a major role in the area’s economic development future as it is right now in New Albany and DeSoto County, so I’m appealing once again for our elected officials and other interested parties to attend,” Sandy said.
For more information about the seminar, including registration, call (662) 286-6087.

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