Cochran says money is on way for Gulfport, Pascagoula dredging

Sen. Thad Cochran may be getting flack in the GOP primary campaign for bringing federal money to Mississippi, but he doesn't seem to be slowing down.

His office on Thursday announced a raft of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  totaling $14.4 million for dredging, flood control, and other construction and maintenance, including money for dredging shipping channels in Gulfport and Pascagoula. 

The Gulfport Harbor project includes up to $3.9 million and between $2 million and $7.2 million for navigation maintenance at Pascagoula.

According to a release from his office, the added funding was approved by Congress in January as part of the omnibus appropriations bill and will go toward much needed dredging projects at the harbors at Rosedale, Greenville, Vicksburg, Gulfport and Pascagoula. It will also assist with the maintenance of flood control projects like Arkabutla Lake, which he said provides critical flood protection for the Mississippi Delta while enhancing outdoor recreation and tourism.

“Congress is not funding ‘new starts’ projects without authorization or a presidential request, so the commitment to direct additional resources to Mississippi should help ensure the safety and viability of river management projects and infrastructure in our state,” he said. “I appreciate working with Mississippians and the Corps of Engineers to prioritize our needs within the budget constraints and significant demands on this branch of the Army.” 

Other Mississippi projects include:

  • $2.8 million for Yazoo Basin, Delta Headwater Project
  • $800,000 for Yazoo Basin, Big Sunflower
  • $520,000 for Big Sunflower River Watershed
  • $400,000 for Yazoo Basin, Yazoo Backwater Area
  • Up to $6.8 mllion for Yazoo Basin, Arkabutla Lake maintenance 
  • Up to $2.2 million for Yazoo Backwater Area maintenance
  • Up to $542,000 for Vicksburg Harbor dredging
  • Up to $524,000 plus-up to $24,000 for Greenville Harbor dredging
  • Up to $1.16 million for DeSoto County Wastewater Treatment
  • $200,000 for Mississippi environmental infrastructure
  • Up to $175,000 for mouth of Yazoo River navigation maintenance
  • Up to $1.69 million for Okatibbee Lake improvements
  • Up to $1.2 million for Rosedale Harbor navigation maintenance and improvements