Money will be invested in new and exisitng projects on Mississippi River basin
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will invest $30 million in 33 new projects and 40 existing ones to improve the Mississippi River Basin’s water quality.
In Louisiana, projects include Alligator Bayou in West Carroll Parish; Little Creek in West Carroll and Richland parishes; Lake Providence-Tensas Bayou in East Carroll Bayou and Upper Deer Creek in Franklin Parish.
The sole Mississippi project involves Beaver Bayou-Mound Bayou in Bolivar and Sunflower counties.
A 2013 USDA report shows that conservation work on basin cropland has cut the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus flowing to the Gulf by 18 and 20 percent, respectively.