A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study to help alleviate flooding, water shortages, and environmental impacts in southeast Arkansas and northeast Louisiana took a great step forward last week. The study had been on hold due to funding issues.
On October 30, the Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducted a signing ceremony for the Amended Feasibility Cost Share Agreement (FCSA) for the Southeast Arkansas and Northeast Louisiana Feasibility Study.
Sponsors and stakeholders associated with the project were in attendance, including representatives from the Mississippi River Commission; the Bayou Meto Water Management District; the Boeuf-Tensas Regional Irrigation Water Distribution District; Arkansas Natural Resources Commission; and the Louisiana Soil and Water Commission. In addition, Congressional staff members from both Senator Boozeman’s and Senator Cotton’s offices attended the signing ceremony.
The project area includes the Boeuf-Tensas and Bayou Bartholomew basins. The study addresses flood control, agricultural water supply, and ecosystem restoration for an area covering over one million acres in Arkansas and Louisiana.
Prolonged periods of inundation are causing infrastructure, agricultural, and environmental damage within the study area. In addition to that damage, future agricultural water supply needs could be in jeopardy without additional options for water supply.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the world’s largest public engineering organization and it has a firm commitment to preserving and enhancing our natural environment. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the steward of the lands and waters at Corps water resources projects. Additional information on Corps projects can be found on the Vicksburg District’s website http://www.mvk.usace.army.mil.