Milestone Ceremony Set For St. Johns Bayou & New Madrid Flood Project in SeMo

October 6, 2003 - Posted at: 3:45 p.m. CDT

NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A ceremony to celebrate the completion of requirements for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on the St. Johns Bayou and New Madrid Floodway Project is scheduled for 10 a.m. on October 10, 2003.  The ceremony will begin at the St. Johns Bayou Outlet Structure on Highway WW east of New Madrid, then move to Big Oak Tree State Park for a ceremonial tree planting and fish fry.

Les Brownlee, Under Secretary of the Army, Missouri Senator "Kit" Bond and 8th District Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson are expected to attend the event.

"This is a historic day for folks in southeast Missouri who have waited for generations to be permitted protection from flooding," stated Bond.  "I thank the Corps for bringing this process to conclusion.  I congratulate the citizens of Pinhook, East Prarie, New Madrid and the surrounding area for their perseverance and patience.  I congratulate Congresswoman Emerson for her tireless leadership, and I know that the original champion for these people, Bill Emerson, is high in the heavens celebrating in spirit with his brave constituents."

The overall purpose of the project is to protect the region from backwater flooding from the Mississippi River and to reduce headwater flooding in the vicinity of East Prarie, Missouri.  The project also allows for the management of natural and recreational resources.