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MDEQ issues another beach closure on Coast

HARRISON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued a water contact advisory for a sampling station in Harrison County. This segment of beach is not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in this area. MDEQ is working closely with […] [...]

New mayor proposes rate, tax hikes in Capital City

JACKSON — Mayor Chokwe Lumumba has proposed sweeping water and sewer rate hikes and a one-time tax increase that together will raise more than $36 million in new revenue. In his remarks to the Jackson City Council yesterday, Lumumba repeatedly returned to the theme of doing what is necessary, instead of what is politically convenient. […] [...]

Fish kill prompts MDEQ to shut down Bayou Casotte

JACKSON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has issued a fishing and water contact closure for Bayou Casotte and the adjacent waters of the Mississippi Sound within 1,000 feet of the mouth of the bayou. MDEQ staff yesterday investigated a fish kill in Bayou Casotte in Jackson County and issued the closure. Officials […] [...]

More rain expected in parts of Coast that saw weekend flooding

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Forecasters say there could be more rain this week in parts of south Mississippi hit with flash flooding over the weekend. Heavy rainfall over the weekend caused flooding in areas including Long Beach, Gulfport and Biloxi. Authorities said some areas of Gulfport recorded more than 6 inches of rain Sunday. William […] [...]

Delayed by high water, mat sinking unit prepares to launch

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Vicksburg District’s Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) is scheduled to begin laying articulated concrete mats on the banks of the Mississippi River Aug. 26. The MSU is the only one of its kind in the world and performs one of the most important jobs in […] [...]

Researchers sampling water around blown out Gulf gas well

GULF OF MEXICO — Scientists from several universities are working to learn whether a gas well that blew wild last week off the Louisiana coast is polluting the Gulf of Mexico. Joseph Montoya, a biology professor with Georgia Tech, was performing tests aboard a vessel near the site of the 2010 BP oil spill when […] [...]

New mayor to weigh city’s $90M infrastructure plan

JACKSON — The city of Jackson’s $90-million water and sewer project remains in limbo while a new administration and City Council subject it to another round of scrutiny. Under the terms of the project, known as an energy performance contract, Siemens would install new waters meters, upgrade the city’s billing software, replace equipment at the […] [...]

Corps hires firm to finish post-Katrina beach restoration

PASCAGOULA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hired Tropical World to begin the final phase of Hurricane Isaac repairs to the Pascagoula Beach. The Sun Herald reports work began yesterday to further replenish sand and riprap, clean and restore the concrete mats, and correct filter fabric that is exposed. Jaci Turner, the city’s planning, […] [...]

DMR boats go for more than $120K; valued at $630K

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources received 26 bids for two recreational fishing boats it wants to sell. The bids were opened today. The high bid for the 42-foot Californian was $86,600; the high big for the 36-foot Topaz was $38,614. Officials will review the bids for about a week and could sell […] [...]

City retrofitting former industrial water processing system

WEST POINT — The city of West Point is beginning a project to retrofit a former industrial water processing system and connect it to the city’s sewage infrastructure. The Commercial Dispatch reports that West Point officials believe improvements to the city’s waste water system will put its processing operations on par with nearby Starkville and […] [...]

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