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Mississippi State University Awarded 2015 EPA Region 4 Rain Catcher Award

 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Mississippi State University with the regional 2015 EPA Rain Catcher Award in the Neighborhood/Community Category for the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum’s rain garden program in Starkville, Miss. The award was given at a ceremony during the EPA Region 4/International Erosion Control Association Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference, in Atlanta, Ga.

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USDA Funding to Help Clean Waterways in Mississippi River Basin

13 States to Receive Support

Targeted conservation work in the Mississippi River basin will unite the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), farmers and local organizations to help clean waterways that flow into the nation's largest river. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is investing $10 million this year in 27 new high-priority watersheds and 13 existing projects that will help improve water quality and strengthen agricultural operations. This investment is part of a commitment of $100 million over four years to address critical water quality concerns in priority watersheds while boosting rural economies.

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EPA Selects CLIMB Community Development Corporation in Biloxi, Miss. for Job Training Grant

EPA selects 19 communities for grants to train unemployed individuals to enter the environmental field, strengthen local economies

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that CLIMB Community Development Corporation in Biloxi, Miss. is one of 19 communities in 17 states and territories selected for approximately $3.6 million in Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grants. Each grantee will receive up to $192,300 to operate environmental training programs to clean up Brownfields sites in economically distressed communities.

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Mississippi Power announces plans for largest utility-scale solar projects

Mississippi Power is partnering with two solar businesses and the U.S. Navy to build utility-scale solar electric generating farms at two different locations in the company’s service territory. With a combined total of approximately 53 megawatts, together these projects would represent the largest solar installations in Mississippi.

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Statement from Secretary Vilsack on Helicopter Crash in DeSoto National Forest in Mississippi

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement:

"I was deeply saddened to learn that U.S. Forest Service Engineering Technician Steve Cobb gave his life in service to his country yesterday afternoon. I hope and pray for the healing and speedy, full recovery of U.S. Forest Service Supervisory Forestry Technician Brendan Mullen, who was injured in the helicopter crash.

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