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Posted 9/6/2017

Release no. 17-023

Catherine Jennison

VICKSBURG, MISS… The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Vicksburg District entered into a Partnership Project Agreement with Mississippi Valley State University, in Leflore County.  The signing for the Water and Sewer Compliance Project (Section 592 Program) was held at the District Headquarters Building, on August 30, 2017.  

The project will be constructed at Mississippi Valley State University, which is located in the Second U.S. Congressional District.  The Section 592 Program provides environmental assistance to non-federal interests in Mississippi. Assistance may be in the form of design and construction assistance for water-related environmental infrastructure and resource protection and development projects in Mississippi. This includes, but is not limited to, projects for wastewater treatment and related facilities, elimination or control of combined sewer overflow water supply and related facilities, environmental restoration, and surface water resource protection and development.

Mississippi Valley State University was represented by acting President Jerryl Briggs, who was accompanied by Terrence Hurssey, director of facilities management, Charlie Tolliver, president of the Vicksburg Warren Alumni Chapter of Mississippi Valley State University, and La Shon Brooks, chief of staff and legislative liaison.   After the signing the agreement, Vicksburg District Commander Col. Michael C. Derosier, stated, “When we enter these partnership agreements we appreciate that congress recognizes these investments in our infrastructure.  It also helps the Corps stay connected with the surrounding community and its members.”

The total project costs, $200,000, will be used to design and construct the rehabilitation of the water and sewer system. The cost share ratio for participation in this program is 75 percent Federal and 25 percent nonfederal.  The Mississippi Valley State University's cost share of the project is estimated to be $50,000.  Actions of the Mississippi Valley State University are supported by student tuition and taxpayer dollars.

The rehabilitation will cover modifying the existing lagoon for emergency storage, installing 21 water meters and meter boxes and installing various 6-inch master meters at apartments adjacent to the MVSU main campus.  The project funds will also be used to install backflow, a slab, and aqua alumi shield enclosures on approximately 21 residential houses.  The final part of the project will include installing one 6-inch valve for blow-off.  

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