Entergy to pay match for EWP grant

Published 12:29 am Sunday, October 29, 2017


NATCHEZ — Entergy agreed last week to pay a required financial match on an approved Emergency Watershed Project near the electrical power company’s substation on the former Johns Manville property.

The total estimated cost of the United States Department of Agriculture Emergency Watershed Project is $78,500 and the local match is $19,625. Adams County Supervisors Board Attorney Scott Slover said with Entergy agreeing to pay the match, all the board had to approve last week was to perform maintenance, which the board voted unanimously to do.

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Board of Supervisors President Mike Lazarus said Entergy’s help was greatly appreciated.

“I applaud Entergy for stepping up and saying they will pay for the match,” Lazarus said. “The substation is vital, and we don’t want to lose that.”

Entergy customer service representative Tim Runnels said in the original plans for the substation, the creek on the property was 250 feet away. Now, due to erosions, the creek is only 100 feet away.

Runnels said the project would consist of work around the banks of St. Catherine Creek to stop the erosion. Crews would first do dirt work and put rocks in place to prevent the water from eroding the bank.

“As far as Entergy is concerned, we are very appreciative of the city applying for the project and the county contacting us when it became their project,” Runnels said. “This has been a concern for a while, and we did not know how to approach it because we don’t own that land.”