Congress Releasing nearly $8.5 Million for Region 8 Projects

November 20, 2003 - Posted at 8:06 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Congress is authorizing millions of dollars more than President Bush originally proposed for the Delta Regional Authority.

A spending bill that Congress has approved would provide $5 million for the authority.

A joint announcement from Arkansas members of the House and Senate says the bill also includes several million dollars for various water projects around the state.  The bill has received final approval from both the Senate and House, and is headed for the president's desk.

Spending for several projects in Region 8 are authorized in the bill, including:

-$5 million for St. Francis basin flood control in Arkansas and Missouri.

-$2.05 million for the Eight Mile Creek Floodway & Ditch in Greene County.

-$150,000 for Batesville's Lyon College, for laboratory instruments and equipment at the school's Derby Center for Science & Mathematics.

-$1 million for the White River comprehensive study in Arkansas and Missouri.

Also included are lesser amounts for a flood control study at Grubbs, in Jackson County.  The bill also includes maintenance and operations money for the Mississippi River levees, the St. Francis Basin, Osceola Harbor, the White River and Greers Ferry Lake.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)