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Coast city to repay BP grant funding for Ocean Expo

BP-logoD’IBERVILLE — D’Iberville must refund more than $1 million of a $3-million BP grant awarded to cover some of the expense of bringing Ocean Expo aquarium to the city.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality administered the grant for BP. The agency has spent nine months reviewing the circumstances that led to the firing of city manager Michael Janus and his indictment on federal corruption charges.

On Jan. 28, MDEQ issued a stop-work order, a day after an article in the Sun Herald revealed discrepancies in the grant process.

MDEQ spokesman Robbie Wilbur said the contract expired Nov. 1 and D’Iberville must return the $843,000 in unspent money plus the $300,000 hold-back MDEQ retained as part of the contract.

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  1. Thanks for your comment. As far as we know there is no crnuert group working on removal of logs and debris from the Rabbit River. Woody Debris in rivers is an important aspect of habitat for fish and wildlife and complete removal is detrimental to this function. In the past there has been work to make the river passable by small craft such as canoes and kayaks. We’ve made some effort to look for a group that would be interested in such an effort but haven’t found the volunteers to do so. A river clean up effort not only for trees but for trash as well would be a benefit.

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