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Pollution control

 

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) offers the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund Loan Program for water pollution control projects, including wastewater treatment facilities, storm water pollution control projects and estuary management projects. 

 

MDEQ's Water Pollution Control Emergency Fund Loan Program is designed to provide limited, low-interest, shorter-term loan assistance for emergency repairs, replacements and improvements that cannot wait for a regular funding cycle.

 

MDEQ’s Solid Waste Assistance Grants provides grant funding to support solid waste management activities, including illegal dump cleanup, collection sites and recycling programs, local solid waste employment officers, programs to prevent illegal dumping, and public education programs.  

 

MDEQ’s Waste Tire Collection and Clean-up Grants can be used for various environmental activities, including cleanup of illegal waste tire dumps, collection sites, transportation costs, storage trailers or units, contractual disposal costs, and public education programs.  

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.  EPA offers several pollution prevention projects and programs.  EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention supports state and local pollution programs that address the reduction of pollutants across all environmental media:  air, land and water. 

 

Hurricane and Storm Damage

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides several programs to lessen the impact that disasters have on people’s lives and property.

 

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program provides grants to states and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration.  The purpose of the program is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster.

 

The Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program assists states and local governments in implementing cost-effective hazard mitigation activities that complement a comprehensive mitigation program.  Funding hazard mitigation plans and projects reduces overall risks to the populace and structures, while also reducing reliance on funding from actual disaster declarations.  

 

The Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) Program integrates environmental and historic preservation considerations into FEMA's mission of mitigation, response and recovery. The EHP program assists agency staff and non-federal partners in anticipating and accomplishing environmental and historic preservation reviews required by federal laws and executive orders.

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will partner with state and local entities to analyze and design a system of protection for the Mississippi Gulf Coast that will reduce hurricane and storm damage. 

 

The analysis will focus on the following objectives:

  • Hurricane and storm damage reduction
  • Reduction of salt water intrusion
  • Preservation of fish and wildlife
  • Prevention of erosion
  • Other related water resource purposes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website contains information concerning environmental issues arising out of Hurricane Katrina.

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) assists landowners with conserving their soil, water and other natural resources.  Mississippi NRCS programs provide technical and financial assistance for soil conservation, farmland resources, grassland protection, wetlands restoration and several other activities. 

 

Flood Control

 

The Flood Mitigation Assistance Program provides funding to assist states and communities in implementing measures to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insurable under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  The FMA program provides three types of grants to states and communities:

 

  • Planning Grants to prepare Flood Mitigation Plans. Only NFIP-participating communities with approved Flood Mitigation Plans can apply for FMA Project grants
  • Project Grants to implement measures to reduce flood losses, such as elevation, acquisition, or relocation of NFIP-insured structures. States are encouraged to prioritize FMA funds for applications that include repetitive loss properties; these include structures with 2 or more losses each with a claim of at least $1,000 within any ten-year period since 1978.
  • Technical Assistance Grants for the State to help administer the FMA program and activities. Up to ten percent (10%) of Project grants may be awarded to States for Technical Assistance Grants

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently engaged in the following projects in response to Hurricane Katrina:

  • Complete widening of project channels in Gulfport Harbor to 300 feet
  • Restore Deer Island shoreline to pre-1900 dimensions
  • Complete deepening of Pascagoula River Leg to 42 feet
  • Complete widening of Horn Island Bar Channel to 550 feet
  • Creation of 7.5 acre mitigation for Bayou Cassotte
  • Construction of Pascagoula River Disposal Facilities

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial and technical assistance for many conservation activities. 

 

NRCS Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention programs assists States and local governments in carrying out works of improvement for soil conservation and for other purposes including flood prevention; conservation, development, utilization and disposal of water; and conservation and proper utilization of land.

 

The Resource Conservation and Development Program was created to accelerate the conservation, development and utilization of natural resources, improve the general level of economic activity, and to enhance the environment and standard of living in designated RC&D areas.