Posts Tagged ‘flood control’

ROSS REILY: EPA should have historical background of Delta

  If you first listen to environmentalists and the Environmental Protection Agency as to why they are opposed to the Yazoo Backwater project, they make a pretty compelling argument. The EPA has said the project would have incurred “unacceptable damage to these valuable resources that are used for wildlife, economic and recreational purposes.” In an […] [...]

Cochran calls on EPA for review of Yazoo Backwater Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is asking for an independent peer review of the decision that halted completion of the Yazoo Backwater Project, a flood control project for the lower Mississippi Delta. Cochran requested approval for an independent peer review from Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), following a […] [...]

Corps’ work on Steele Bayou project to affect drivers and anglers

VICKSBURG — The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District is scheduled to begin work Sept. 1 on the Steele Bayou Drainage Structure Outlet Channel Repair Project near the Mississippi Highway 465 bridge. The Corps reports the work is necessary to repair a scour hole that has developed downstream of the bridge. Traffic will […] [...]

Mat Sinking Unit to begin work; holding Blessing of the Fleet

VICKSBURG — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District’s Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) will leave the harbor for its annual revetment season on July 9. The District will host a Blessing of the Fleet ceremony July 9 at 10 a.m., at City Front in Vicksburg as the MSU departs. A tradition that dates back […] [...]

Coast officials have concerns over definition of ‘waters’

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County officials fear a newly proposed federal definition of “waters” could require them to get permits to clean out ditches and drainage areas and delay responses to neighborhood flooding. The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are seeking to clarify which waters or wetlands would trigger federal requirements, […] [...]

Cochran questions EPA over forest roads, flood control

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) yesterday questioned whether the Environmental Protection Agency can be more cooperative in dealing with other agencies when assessing environmental matters related to forests and flood control projects. Cochran participated in a Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to review the FY2015 budget request for the EPA. Cochran offered questions […] [...]

Commission’s inspection trip to make stop in Port City

GREENVILLE — The Mississippi River Commission will conduct its annual high-water inspection trip on the Mississippi River April 7-11. Four public meetings have been scheduled aboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi in selected towns along the river so commission members have the opportunity to meet with local partners, stakeholders and residents and hear their concerns, ideas […] [...]

Corps allots more funding to projects in Mississippi

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will dedicate an additional $14.4 million to Mississippi this year to support additional dredging, flood control and other construction and maintenance projects, according to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). The Army Corps of Engineers has decided to direct additional Mississippi River & Tributaries Project (MR&T), general […] [...]

Mat Sinking Unit coming home early due to high water

VICKSBURG — The Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has ended its annual mat sinking season two and a half months earlier than planned. The Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) stopped operations Jan. 2 due to high water and strong currents. At approximately 10 a.m. on Jan. 2, the final decision was made […] [...]

Mat Sinking Unit continues work along the Mississippi River

VICKSBURG — The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Vicksburg District’s Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) is currently working within the Corps’ Memphis District boundaries laying articulated concrete mats (ACM) on the Mississippi River’s banks. The ACM assists with the prevention of erosion and protects submerged riverbank areas. The MSU has completed approximately 34 percent […] [...]

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