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Obama Signs Water Resources Bill, Includes Miss. Projects

Chip Ward

WASHINGTON D.C. — Federal money will soon be headed to Mississippi. Tuesday afternoon, President Barak Obama signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act into law and some of the infrastructure projects listed are in Mississippi.

The act authorizes $693.3 million dollars to the Mississippi Coastal Improvement Program in Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties. Projects done by the program involve restoration of gulf resources as well as projects to reduce future storm damage.

The act will also finance 10 years’ worth of infrastructure projects near waterways, including the Port of Vicksburg and other inland ports along the Mississippi river.

Also the act names Lower Mississippi River Museum and Riverfront Interpretive Site in Vicksburg after tugboat pioneer Jesse Brent, who founded the Greenville Towing Company in 1956. The act also names the lock and dam at Aberdeen on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway after the waterway’s longtime administrator Don Waldon, who served as deputy administrator from 1975 until he became administrator of the Tenn.-Tom Development Authority in 1984.

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