3/5/14 – 4:53 A.M.
We got our answer about if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would pay for half of a flood study yesterday. The Corps has budgeted $1.5 million for the Blanchard River review. That’s half of the $3 million it will take to conduct the environmental review. The Hancock County Commissioners will pay the other half.
The county commissioners paid $400,000 so the environmental review could get started last fall. Work to identify things like endangered species habitats and wetlands is already done.
The final Army Corps flood-control plan for the Blanchard River is expected in 2015. The plan will then go to Congress in an attempt to get up to 65% of the funding for construction.Read More →