County receives grant to better roadways, streams

Updated: Aug. 1, 2018 at 6:21 PM CDT
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(Source: KAIT)
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GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Greene County has received a $20,000 grant for a Drop Pipe Pilot Program, a grant that is unique for the county.

The Unpaved Roads grant came from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Dave Tierney, Greene County road superintendent, said the purpose of the project is to secure better roads and cleaner streams.

"When we have an erosion problem, the sediment is washed into the ditches and ultimately ends up in the rivers," said Tierney.

The project is geared towards mitigating erosion on gravel roadways and minimizing sediment in rivers that come from irrigation water from farm fields.

County officials plan to set up four demonstration sites across the county where workers will build catch basins and pipes that will keep irrigation water from washing out roadways.

"We just want to show one way of fixing one of our problems," said Tierney. "You know water and roads don't mix. Water and roads have never mix and washouts are never a good thing, as you know."

The Cooperative, State Research, Education, and Extension Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service will use the county's completed project as an educational tool for other counties to consider, Tierney said.

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