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US Engineers Plan Millions in Mississippi Water Projects

Republican U.S. senator Roger Wicker said Tuesday that the projects will improve the quality of life in Mississippi.

Republican U.S. senator Roger Wicker said Tuesday that the projects will improve the quality of life in Mississippi. Photo by Imani Khayyam.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a work plan that includes nearly $56 million of water projects during this budget year in Mississippi, including some for flood control.

The state's two Republican U.S. senators, Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, say Tuesday that the projects will improve the quality of life.

The list includes $3 million for maintenance dredging at the Mississippi State Port at Gulfport. It also has $3.6 million for wastewater treatment in fast-growing DeSoto County on the northern end of the state.

Also included is more than $28 million for projects intended to reduce flooding and erosion the Delta.

Chris Gallegos, a spokesman for Hyde-Smith, said the list does not include money for a massive pump project that has long been debated in the Yazoo Basin.

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