FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2007
MDEQ APPROVES GRANTS OF $15.3 MILLION FOR TWELVE HANCOCK COUNTY PROJECTS
Constructed projects will total $111 million
(JACKSON, Mississippi) – Governor Haley Barbour announced today that the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has approved two grants to the Hancock County Utility Authority for planning and engineering costs for twelve infrastructure projects in Hancock County. The first grant of $10 million for seven projects is anticipated to be increased after the planning and engineering phase to a total of $75,451,650. The second grant of $5.3 million for five projects is anticipated to be increased after the planning and engineering phase to a total of $35,747,647. The funds provided for these projects are part of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding allocated by Governor Barbour for water and wastewater enhancements in the Gulf Coast Region for hurricane recovery.
“Hancock County was dealt a severe blow by Hurricane Katrina and improving and expanding their water and sewer system infrastructure into a regional approach is an important component toward recovery and rebuilding. These funds are vital to support both existing and future growth patterns in the region especially for new housing construction. I am pleased these projects are moving forward,” Governor Barbour said.
“The approval of these grants is great news for Hancock County. We appreciate the efforts of the Hancock County Utility Authority and other local officials who have worked with us on the planning for these needed projects. We anticipate moving through the planning stage and entering the construction phase as quickly as possible,” said Trudy Fisher, MDEQ Executive Director.
The projects included in the first grant are:
•The Kiln Water Distribution System;
•The Eastern Hancock County Regional Water Supply System;
•Improvements for the Waveland-U.S. Highway 90 Water System;
•The Northern Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility and Transmission System;
•The Kiln Wastewater Collection System;
•Improvements for the Bay St. Louis Cedar Point and I-10 Wastewater System; and
•Beach Stormwater Demonstration Project.
The projects included in the second grant are:
•The Pearlington-Port Bienville Regional Water Supply System;
•The Pearlington Water Distribution System;
•The Hancock County Water and Sewer District Water Distribution System;
•The Western Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility; and
•The Pearlington Wastewater Collection System.
These projects are part of the Gulf Region Water and Wastewater Plan that provided recommendations for the use of $641 million in disaster recovery funds to enhance water and wastewater infrastructure in Pearl River, Stone, Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties. Governor Barbour and Mississippi’s Congressional Delegation obtained appropriations of more than $5 billion through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to assist in hurricane recovery. The Mississippi Gulf Region Water and Wastewater Plan was prepared by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality for improvements intended to support existing and future growth patterns, particularly as realized through new housing construction, and to promote economic development.