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Sen. Wicker: $153 million for the Army Corps would support water infrastructure projects in Mississippi

Below is a press release from Senator Roger Wicker:

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today welcomed the committee’s passage of the Water Resources Development Act of 2022 (WRDA) . The legislation includes provisions championed by Wicker that would authorize at least $153.6 million in various Army Corps infrastructure projects throughout the state. The bill is now on track for consideration by the full Senate.

“I was delighted to join my committee colleagues in moving this important bill forward,” Wicker mentioned. “The Water Resources Development Act would provide needed funds for vital Corps projects throughout Mississippi. I look forward to the Senate’s consideration of this bill, and I am excited to see what it could do to improve our state’s infrastructure and advance our economic development.

Among other policies that would benefit Mississippi, the WRDA:

– Increase authorized funding for the Mississippi Section 592 Environmental Infrastructure Account from $200 million to $300 million.

– Expand eligible uses of these account dollars to include stormwater management, drainage systems and water quality improvement.

– Authorize Section 219 funding for environmental infrastructure in five Mississippi communities. These funds and communities include $13.6 million for Clinton, $10 million for Meridian, $10 million for Oxford, $10 million for Rankin County, and $10 million for Madison County.

– Accelerating an Army Corps study to construct a future flood control project in DeSoto County.

– Include language accelerating corps environmental infrastructure projects.

– Authorize the corps to cooperate with industry on civil engineering research and development projects.

– Expand the Asian Carp Control Pilot Program to the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.

– Remind the corps that erosion control and shoreline erosion is an eligible operation and maintenance activity for Lake Okatibbee.

– Lower non-federal sponsorship to 10% for a study on the lower Mississippi.

– Establish a pilot program to allow localities and private entities to apply for financial assistance for conservation projects in the lower Mississippi River basin.