Posts Tagged ‘habitat’

Officials approve naming beaches critical habitat for turtles

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Officials say they won’t have any problems if Mississippi beaches are named critical habitat for endangered loggerhead sea turtles. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing nearly 750 miles of beaches from North Carolina to Mississippi as protected habitat. South Carolina officials have said that could make it harder and […] [...]

Real estate company paying $1M for compromising wetlands

HANCOCK COUNTY — A Mississippi corporation has pleaded guilty to illegally filling wetlands near Bay St. Louis. Hancock County Land, LLC entered the plea yesterday and agreed to pay a $1-million fine and take remedial measures for two felony violations of the Clean Water Act., said U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Assistant U.S. Attorney […] [...]

EPA wants more information on proposed port expansions

GULFPORT — The federal government wants environmental studies on three projects related to the expansion of the state Port of Gulfport conducted so the impact on the entire Turkey Creek Watershed can be determined. The Environmental Protection Agency made those comments in a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Mobile, Ala. […] [...]

FAA grounds state agency’s toy helicopter

BILOXI — A toy helicopter the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources planned to use to fly over marshland to monitor invasive species has been grounded. The Federal Aviation Administration said its regulations for a toy helicopter under such circumstances are the same as those for a military predator drone. MDMR’s project manager Mike Pursley told […] [...]

Cochran cosponsors bill to reauthorize Wildlife Foundation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is supporting legislation to reauthorize the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), which leverages federal funds with private resources to promote fish and wildlife conservation. Cochran is cosponsoring the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Establishment Act (S.51), which would reauthorize a program created by Congress in 1984 […] [...]

Alabama developer pleads not guilty to wetlands violations

HANCOCK COUNTY — Alabama real estate developer William R. Miller has pleaded not guilty to federal charges alleging he illegally filled wetlands in Mississippi and violated the Clean Water Act by discharging pollutants into waters of the United States. The Sun Herald reports U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker set a trial date for Feb. […] [...]

Feds accuse Alabama man of illegal wetlands activites

HANCOCK COUNTY — William R. “Rusty” Miller, a real estate developer from Fairhope, Ala., has been indicted on federal charges of illegal filling in wetlands near Bay St. Louis. Prosecutors say Miller is charged with violating the Clean Water Act. The indictment alleges that Miller excavated and filled in wetlands on 1,710 acres of undeveloped […] [...]

Expanded alligator hunting season proves popular

SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI — When state wildlife officials decided to expand alligator hunting this year — not once but twice — local officers got a tiny bit worried. At first, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks said the hunt could take place on public waterways across two-thirds of the state, including all of southwest […] [...]

Department of Wildlife: Nearly 40% of gators live on Coast

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The lower three counties of South Mississippi are home to 38 percent of the state’s alligators. Harrison and Hancock counties are home to an estimated 13 percent of the Magnolia State’s alligator population and Jackson County is home to 25 percent. Many of Harrison and Hancock counties’ alligators are found in […] [...]

State-owned lake to reopen after six-year closire

BOLIVAR COUNTY — State wildlife officials say Lake Charles Capps in Bolivar County will reopen in September. The Bolivar Commercial reports the lake was closed in 2006 by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks for renovation. Dennis Riecke, a fisheries biologist with the MDWFP, said that one of the main reasons that the […] [...]

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