Lincoln-Pryor announce more pork for Arkansas (and that’s a good thing): Delta Regional Authority and water projects

This is mostly water projects, but the Delta Regional Authority gets $13 million. Also, note work on the White River. I am sure everybody thinks that is a good idea.

$13 million for the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) The DRA provides long-term coordination among federal, state, and local entities committed to economic development in the Lower Mississippi Delta region.

$1 million for the MidSouth/Southeast BioEnergy Consortium The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Arkansas State University, and the University of Georgia will use these funds to develop economic and environmentally viable systems to produce, harvest, and process relevant feedstocks for biodiesel and ethanol operations.

$500,000 for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) The UALR Nanotechnology Center will use these funds to continue to develop new approaches to improve the efficiency of solar energy devices at lower costs.

The Energy and Water Development appropriations bill includes funding for the following key Arkansas water projects at various stages of development:

Corps of Engineers

General Investigations
·         Southeast Arkansas (Boeuf Tensas project): $300,000         
·         Pine Mountain Dam: $425,000          
·         White River Basin Comprehensive Investigations: $250,000                                               
·         White River Navigation to Batesville, AR: $170,000
·         Lower Mississippi River Resource Assessment (AR, IL, KY, IA, MS, MO and TN): $250,000
·         May Branch, Fort Smith, AR: $425,000
·         Southwest Arkansas, AR: $210,000

Construction
·         Grand Prairie, AR: $10 million                      
·         Mississippi River Levees (AR, IL, KY, LA, MS, MO and TN): $45.439 million                
·         St. Francis Basin, AR and MO: $3.7 million             
·         Channel Improvements (AR, IL, KY, LA, MS, MO and TN): $47.721 million       
·         Red River Emergency Bank Protection (AR and LA): $2 million    
·         Red River Below Denison Dam (AR, LA, OK and TX): $2 million

Operations & Maintenance
·         Channel Improvement (AR, IL, KY, LA, MS, MO and TN): $67.350 million
·         Helena Harbor (Phillips County): $400,000
·         Inspection of Completed Works: $425,000
·         Lower Arkansas River, North Bank: $223,000
·         Lower Arkansas River, South Bank: $175,000
·         White River Backwater: $1.217 million
·         Mississippi River Levees (AR, IL, KY, LA, MS, MO and TN): $11.708 million
·         Osceola Harbor: $800,000                                                                                                     
·         Yellow Bend: $115,000         
·         Helena Harbor : $40,000                    
·         Beaver Lake: $8.864 million
·         Blakely Mt. Dam, Lake Ouachita: $7.079 million
·         Blue Mountain Lake: $1.914 million
·         Bull Shoals Lake: $14.484 million
·         Dardanelle Lock and Dam: $9.754 million
·         DeGray Lake: $7.003 million
·         DeQueen Lake: $1.752 million
·         Dierks Lake: $1.360 million
·         Gillham Lake: $1.366 million
·         Greers Ferry Lake: $7.759 million
·         Inspection of Completed Works: $673,000
·         McClellan-Kerr Navigation System: $40.016 million
·         Millwood Lake: $5.122 million
·         Narrows Dam, Lake Greeson: $5.005 million
·         Nimrod Lake: $2.289 million
·         Norfork Lake: $5.717 million
·         Ouachita and Black Rivers (AR and LA): $9.605 million
·         Ozark – Jeta Taylor Lock and Dam: $5.725 million
·         White River: $40,000
St. Francis Basin, AR & MO  $9.843 million

The Senate Appropriations Committee also included language in the bill encouraging the Corps of Engineers to consider funding for:

Sec. 205 Small Flood Control Projects
Wynne, AR
Indian Bayou, AR

Sec. 1135 Project Modifications for the Improvement of the Environment
Millwood Lake, Grassy Lake, AR
Lower Cache Restoration, AR

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About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

One Response to Lincoln-Pryor announce more pork for Arkansas (and that’s a good thing): Delta Regional Authority and water projects

  1. Skip Rutherford says:

    All the pork in the world is not going to help Blanche Lincoln keep her seat. There are a lot of Arkansans not happy with her party politics. That is why an independent like Trevor Drown, someone who dares to make difference will be the next Senator of Arkansas. Meanhile our state Republican party can play, who’s on first?

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