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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 22, 2007

 

GOVERNOR BARBOUR ANNOUNCES GRANTS OF $9.5 MILLION FOR FOURTEEN PROJECTS IN JACKSON COUNTY

 

Grants for constructed projects will total $99.5 million

 

(JACKSON, Mississippi) – Governor Haley Barbour announced today that the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has approved two grants totaling $9.5 million for planning and engineering costs for fourteen projects in Jackson County.

 

A grant of $9,178,357 to the Jackson County Utility Authority for seven projects is anticipated to be increased after the planning and engineering phase to a total of $94,035,531. A second grant of $339,239 to the City of Pascagoula for seven projects is anticipated to be increased after the planning and engineering phase to a total of $5,522,853. The funds provided for these projects are part of the U.S.


Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding allocated by Governor Barbour for water and wastewater enhancements in the Gulf Coast Region for hurricane recovery.

 

“I am pleased that these grants have been approved for these vital projects in Jackson County. New and improved infrastructure is a positive step for future storm preparedness and will also promote economic development. The continued recovery and rebuilding efforts on the Gulf Coast require enhanced and expanded regional water and sewer system infrastructure,” Governor Barbour said.

 

“The approval of these grants is great news for Jackson County and the City of Pascagoula. We appreciate the efforts of the Jackson County Utility Authority, Pascagoula officials, and other local officials who have worked with us on the planning for these needed projects. We anticipate moving through the planning stage and entering the construction phase as quickly as possible,” said Trudy Fisher, MDEQ Executive Director.

 

The projects included in the grant to the Jackson County Utility Authority are:


●The Western Jackson County Regional Water Supply;
●The Eastern Jackson County Regional Water System;
●Improvements for the West Jackson Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility and Transmission
System;
●Improvements for the Gulf Park and Ocean Beach areas Transmission System;
●North Jackson County Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Facilities;
●Improvements for the Gautier Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility; and
●Improvements for the Escatawpa Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility.

 

The projects included in the grant to the City of Pascagoula are:


●Improvements for the River Park Water Transmission System;
●Improvements for the Chipley Water Transmission System;
●Improvements for the Beach Boulevard Water Transmission System;
●Improvements for the River Park Wastewater Transmission System;
●Improvements for the Shortcut Road Transmission System;
●Improvements for the Chipley Wastewater Transmission System; and
●Improvements for the Beach Boulevard Wastewater Transmission System.

 

These projects are part of the Gulf Region Water and Wastewater Plan that provided recommendations for the use of $641 million in disaster recovery funds to enhance water and wastewater infrastructure in Pearl River, Stone, Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties. Governor Barbour and Mississippi’s Congressional Delegation obtained appropriations of more than $5 billion through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to assist in hurricane recovery. The Mississippi Gulf Region Water and Wastewater Plan was prepared by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality for improvements intended to support existing and future growth patterns, particularly as realized through new housing construction, and to promote economic development.