Southeast Missouri Drainage Project Delayed by Bat Survey

Posted: May 11, 2013 12:36 PM by Associated Press

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Federal funding has been approved to restore nearly 81 miles of flood-damaged drainage channels in southeast Missouri, but the project is on hold for a bat habitat survey.

Officials with the Little River Drainage District say they're worried money for the project could disappear before environmental requirements are met.

The drainage channels were badly damaged in severe flooding in 2011. Drainage is vital in the swampy area of the Mississippi River Delta in southeast Missouri.

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to place acoustic sampling devices in the project area this month to detect the presence of bats. If found, plans call for the bats to be captured, tagged with a radio device and tracked to their roosts.

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