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Corps official: River needs larger ports, locks and dams

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Higher-capacity ports, expanded locks and dams and other infrastructure improvements are needed in the Mississippi River Watershed to allow its waterways to handle shipping demands caused by higher agriculture, oil and natural gas production and manage climate change effects, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said yesterday. Brig. Gen. Peter A. DeLuca, commander of the corps’ ...

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Six-year-old leak in Ross Barnett dam finally getting repaired

RIDGELAND — Workers are starting to repair a leak that officials have been monitoring for the past six years in the dam of the Ross Barnett Reservoir near Jackson. The Clarion-Ledger reports that the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, which oversees the reservoir, is now in a financial position to do the $600,000 repair job. The district’s executive director, ...

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Summer rains mean lower TVA power bills

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority says an unusually wet summer has translated into lower electric bills for customers. John McCormick, Tennessee Valley Authority’s vice president for river operations, said in a statement that the rain kept the utility’s hydroelectric dams, which provide the cheapest source of energy, working overdrive. Scott Brooks, a Nashville-based TVA spokesman, told The Tennessean ...

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Engineer: Dam project could cost more than $1M

PURVIS — A Lamar County engineer says a property owners association could be looking at a $1-million price tag to return a dam in the Lake Serene system of lakes to Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality standards. “We’re hoping that won’t be the case, but it could,” engineer Don Walker said last week. Damage to the dam was done when ...

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Officials investigating seeping dam in Pine Belt

LAMAR COUNTY — Inspections continue at a dam in Lamar County where seepage was discovered last month. The earthen dam is at Lake Serene North in Lamar County. The Hattiesburg American reports that seepage was discovered flowing from under the apron of the dam’s spillway on Oct. 16. Also found was a “boil” — a column of water carrying sand ...

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Road to dam cracks; officials find no other damage

PURVIS — Lamar County officials say a crack has been discovered on the roadway that runs on the Canebrake dam but no other damage or seepage has been found on either side of the dam. The Canebrake Homeowners Association is lowering the water level while the roadway is closed for repairs. Canebrake Lake spans about 257 acres, with an average ...

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After two-year-closure, state lake ready for re-stocking

SALTILLO — It may not look ready, but according to state wildlife officials, Lake Lamar Bruce is ready to be stocked with fish — very small bluegill and redear sunfish as well as catfish fingerlings. “Tupelo Fish Hatchery and Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks have partnered to raise the fish to put back into Lamar Bruce,” said MDWFP’s ...

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Governor wants bill to force Corps to release water into river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is urging U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to sponsor legislation that would force the Army Corps of Engineers to release water from dams on the Missouri River to raise the water level on the Mississippi River, where drought conditions could soon halt barge traffic. Beshear, a Democrat, made the request in a ...

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Authorities continue effort to save two Isaac-damaged dams

LAMAR COUNTY and PIKE COUNTY — Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says the release of water from two damaged dams in Lamar and Pike counties continues. MEMA director Robert Latham says while it uncertain how any additional rainfall may impact these dams, work will continue until the risk to the public is eliminated. Neither dam has been breached. In Lamar County, ...

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