Missouri & Arkansas to get help with Mississippi River funding - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Missouri & Arkansas to get help with Mississippi River funding

WASHINGTON (AP) - The troubled basin of the Mississippi River is set to receive a $320 million boost from the Agriculture Department.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is creating the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative. Agriculture Department officials tell The Associated Press that the initiative will fund efforts in 12 states along the 2,350-mile long Mississippi River.

(Those officials would speak only on condition of anonymity ahead of Vilsack's announcement today.)

Over four years, the funding will be used to improve water quality and remove pollutants.Vilsack will announce the plan by video to the Gulf Hypoxia Task Force, which is meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.

The task force was formed in 1997 to develop a plan to reduce the size of the so-called dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

(The funding will go to efforts in 12 states that are either along the Mississippi River or have tributaries that feed into it: Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin.)

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Jackson County Sheriff's Office investigating a homicide

    Jackson County Sheriff's Office investigating a homicide

    Saturday, November 18 2017 11:58 PM EST2017-11-19 04:58:03 GMT
    Sunday, November 19 2017 8:51 AM EST2017-11-19 13:51:37 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    JCSO Capt. Ricky Morales said deputies responded to a home in Campbell Station shortly after the comment was made. There they found a woman's body. Deputies are ruling it a homicide. 

    JCSO Capt. Ricky Morales said deputies responded to a home in Campbell Station shortly after the comment was made. There they found a woman's body. Deputies are ruling it a homicide. 

  • Osceola woman killed in Highway 14 crash

    Osceola woman killed in Highway 14 crash

    Saturday, November 18 2017 10:28 PM EST2017-11-19 03:28:47 GMT
    Saturday, November 18 2017 10:31 PM EST2017-11-19 03:31:39 GMT
    (Source: AP Graphics Bank)(Source: AP Graphics Bank)

    An Osceola woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash Saturday evening, according to Arkansas State Police.

    An Osceola woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash Saturday evening, according to Arkansas State Police.

  • Teen drowns in Region 8 lake, authorities investigate

    Teen drowns in Region 8 lake, authorities investigate

    Saturday, November 18 2017 7:49 PM EST2017-11-19 00:49:59 GMT
    Saturday, November 18 2017 7:55 PM EST2017-11-19 00:55:56 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    According to the White County Sheriff’s Office, a teenager fell out of a boat at Bald Knob Lake and drowned.

    According to the White County Sheriff’s Office, a teenager fell out of a boat at Bald Knob Lake and drowned.

Powered by Frankly