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Top EPA and USDA Officials to Tour Farm in Mississippi Where Water Pollution Reduction Strategies Are Being Implemented/Tour is Part of Meeting in Memphis to Discuss National Agency Priorities

Release Date: 04/09/2012
Contact Information: EPA: John Senn, (202) 564-8996 (office), (917) 528-8314 (day of meeting and tour), senn.john@epa.gov USDA: Reginald Jackson, (501) 301-3133, Reginald.Jackson@ar.usda.gov or Jeannine May, (601) 260-0298, jeannine.may@ms.usda.gov

WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acting Assistant Administrator for Water Nancy Stoner and U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment Ann Mills, along with various state officials and farmers, will tour Stovall Farm in Clarksdale, Miss., to see projects that are benefitting farmers and reducing water pollution in the Mississippi Delta.

The tour will begin at 1:15 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, April 11 at Stovall Farms in Clarksdale, Miss. During the tour, local farmers and experts will discuss various strategies being employed to reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous reaching local waterways and the Mississippi Delta. The tour will conclude at approximately 2:15 p.m.

The tour is part of the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force annual meeting, which this year is being held in Memphis. On April 10, state and federal officials will meet to discuss innovative national and local strategies to address nutrient pollution and water quality in the Mississippi River Basin and the Gulf of Mexico. This meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Select at 160 Union Ave., in Memphis, and there will be a press availability at 10:45 a.m.


WHAT: Tour of pollution reduction projects at Stovall Farm

WHO: EPA acting Assistant Administrator for Water Nancy Stoner
U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment Ann Mills

Pete Hunter, Stovall Farms

WHEN: Wednesday, April 11, 1:15 p.m. Central Time

WHERE: Stovall Farms
4146 Stovall Road
Clarksdale, Mississippi

Directions from Memphis (approximately 75 miles):
Take US-61 South (South 3rd Street) out of the city and continue south
Turn right onto Friar Point Road
Turn left onto MS-1 South
Turn left onto Old River Road (0.9 Miles)
Continue onto Oakhurst Stovall Road/Stovall Road (1.5 Miles)
Stovall Farms will be on the left

Directions from Oxford, Miss. (approximately 65 miles):
Take MS-6 West/US-278 W toward Batesville
Turn right onto Big Creek Road
Continue onto Roberson Road (2 Miles)
Continue onto Hopson Street (0.4 Miles)
Continue onto E Lee Drive (1.9 Miles)
Turn left onto W Lee Drive (2 Miles)
Turn right onto Oakhurst Stovall Road/Stovall Road
(4.1 Miles)
Stovall Farms will be on the right

Directions from Helena-West Helena, Ark. (approximately 30 miles):
Take US-49 South Business
Turn left onto US-49 South/Martin Luther King Drive
Continue to follow US-49 South into Mississippi
Turn right onto MS-1 South
Turn left onto Old River Road (0.9 Miles)
Continue onto Oakhurst Stovall Road/Stovall Road
(1.5 Miles)
Stovall Farms will be on the left