Nearly $4M goes toward watersheds

Three Northeast Mississippi watersheds were awarded almost $4 million in federal recovery funds on Tuesday for reclamation and erosion control work that is virtually “shovel ready” and set for construction within 60 days.
The funds, announced by 1st District U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, D-Booneville, will pay for control work in the Town Creek/Chiwapa Creek watershed and Skuna River watersheds, both in Pontotoc County, and the Upper and Little Tallahatchie watershed in southern Tippah County.
They were part of more than $42 million in similar funding sent down from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Natural Resource Conservation Service.
NRCS District Engineer Tom Heard of Tupelo said all three projects will help stabilize creek and river beds and their banks. A combination of rocks and culverts will be used in the projects, all of which will be compact in acreage.
A release from the USDA identified the amounts for each:
– Little and Upper Tallahatchie: $2.2 million.
– Town Creek/Chiwapa: $930,000.
– Yazoo-Upper Skuna River: $750,000.
Heard said the projects were chosen because design work has been completed. The Skuna project, he said, could see a contract letting within a week. All must start within 60 days.

Contact Joe Rutherford at or (662) 678-1597.

Joe Rutherford/NEMS Daily Journal

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