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Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • 40-year-old Cache River log jams to finally be removed from river

  • Cache River Nonprofit Association President and Jackson County Judge Jeff Phillips scheduled a press conference at the Jackson County Courthouse at 3 p.m. Friday to make a major announcement concerning the Cache River log jams south of Grubbs. The organization recently learned that the U.S. Corp of Engineers has granted a permit to proceed with removal of 2 of the log jams.
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  • There have been four major log jams in the area for more than 40 years. The jams flood thousands of acres of land and impede water from properly draining after heavy rains. "We're excited to make this announcement," Phillips said. "This has been a longtime effort and I'm looking forward to updating the state about our success in receiving the permit and describing what will happen next." Rain water that drains more efficiently in the basin will help protect what hardwoods have survived and aid in the planting and growth of new hardwoods. Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe has pledged 150,000.00 to help fund the project. This is a match grant with locally matched funds.Two drainage districts Cache River and Willow Slough have sponsored this project. This project has excellent congressional support. Congressman Rick Crawford was also influential in the project's success and will be present at the press conference. The Cache River Nonprofit Association consists of nine county judges, a mayor and several agribusiness representatives. For more information contact Jeff Phillips at 870.523.7400
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