Bayou Meto Basin Project Receives $37M in Funding

Tue June 29, 2010 - Southeast Edition

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Sen. Blanche Lincoln said $37 million in funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will allow construction work to begin on the Bayou Meto Basin Project in November.

Congress authorized construction of the project in October.

It’s aimed at controlling flooding, protecting waterfowl habitat, reducing demands on the aquifer and helping to irrigate about 300,000 acres of Arkansas farmland in Arkansas, Jefferson, Lonoke, Prairie and Pulaski counties.

Officials say it also will irrigate 22,000 acres of commercial fishponds and provide waterfowl habitat.

Lincoln said the project will support farmers and create jobs.