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As renovations wrap up, officials unsure of use for hatchery facility

TUPELO — Officials say they’re about halfway through $1.2 million in renovations at the Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery in Tupelo, but have not yet decided how to use the Victorian-era house there once the work is done. It might be used to house state or federal workers or for hatchery volunteers, or it might be rented out, project ...

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Commission unanimously approves sea turtle study resolution

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources (CMR) unanimously approved a Sea Turtle Study Resolution, which was presented to them for approval at the June 19 CMR meeting. The approved resolution was submitted to the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and requested a comprehensive Gulf of Mexico sea turtle population and distribution ...

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First post-spill offshore oil and gas lease auction brings $1.7B

GULF OF MEXICO — The federal government’s first auction of offshore petroleum leases in the same area where the Deepwater Horizon exploded in 2010 brought in $1.7 billion in winning bids yesterday, prompting Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar to declare great strides are being made to get drilling back on track in the Gulf of Mexico. Salazar called the sale ...

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Commission wants NOAA to reconsider proposed TED rule for shrimpers

BILOXI — The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources has asked the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to conduct more studies before implementing a rule requiring turtle excluder devices on shrimp skimmer trawlers operating in state waters. On June 6, NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Service held a hearing in D’Iberville on a proposed rule to require the turtle-saving devices on skimmer trawls ...

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Coast Guard investigating oil sheen on river; says El Toro plant the source

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Coast Guard says workers are using boom to contain a 17-mile-long sheen on the Mississippi River near Fort Adams in Wilkinson County. No environmental damage has been reported and the river remained open to shipping. The Coast Guard says the substance — spotted by a Coast Guard patrol yesterday — is believed to be a petroleum-based ...

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Warren Paving seeks permit for work on Industrial Seaway

GULFPORT — Warren Paving Inc. has filed an application with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) requesting permission to conduct regulated activities under the provision of the Coastal Wetlands Protection Law Act, Title 49, Chapter 27, Mississippi Code of 1972. Warren is proposing to carry out construction activities to support barge loading/unloading and shoreline stabilization on the Industrial Seaway ...

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EPA approves emergency exemption for state's cotton farmers

JACKSON — The Environmental Protection Agency has approved an emergency exemption that will help farmers in the Mississippi Delta control tarnished plant bugs in cotton, according to Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith. The tarnished plant bug has become one of the most damaging pests of cotton in recent years, responsible for an estimated $81 million in combined input costs and ...

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Timberland near Camp Shelby added to MSU's Bulldog Forest

FORREST COUNTY — A 352-acre tract of Forrest County timberland is now part of Mississippi State University’s Bulldog Forest program and the state’s only Army Compatible Use Buffer-designated property. Known as the Davis and Ann Mortensen Forest, the area is located in proximity to Camp Shelby, and is a joint project between MSU, MSU Foundation, Army and the Mississippi chapter ...

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Corps: New National Wetland Plant List now available

VICKSBURG —The updated National Wetland Plant List (NWPL) is now available, reports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District. The NWPL plays a critical role in wetland determinations under the Clean Water Act. Wetlands are evaluated using three parameters — soils, hydrology and vegetation. Using sampling protocols outlined in the Regional Supplements to the 1987 wetland delineation manual, the ...

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Invasive cogongrass spreading, overtaking native species

SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture lists cogongrass in its assessment of the world’s worst weeds. The Enterprise-Journal reports the weed has made its way into southwest Mississippi and is overtaking surrounding plant life worse than the more familiar kudzu. Cogongrass came from southeast Asia and was introduced into Florida and southern Louisiana, Alabama and Georgia in the ...

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