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Whitehurst: Oysters, rivers and state government contradictions

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant recently announced the formation of the Governor’s Oyster Council to help the coast’s oyster industry restore a fishery that has been hurt and diminished over just a few years by hurricanes, the BP drilling disaster and its aftermath, and oyster reef mortality due to salinity changes. The fresh water from rivers feeding the bays and marshes on ...

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After two-year absence, BASS returning to Ross Barnett

CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI — The Ross Barnett Reservoir will be the first stop on the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society’s Central Open Series in 2015. The tournament dates are March 12-14 and the event is expected to draw in excess of 300 professional anglers and amateurs. A Bassmasters tournament was held the Barnett Reservoir in 2013. BASS officials say the Barnett Reservoir ...

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Voters in Rankin County approve liquor sales on Ross Barnett Reservoir

RANKIN COUNTY — Residents have approved liquor sales at restaurants on the Rankin County side of the Ross Barnett Reservoir. Complete but unofficial returns show more than 80 percent of those voting yesterday approved the liquor sales. Eligible voters were residents who live on property owned by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and who were registered to vote. ...

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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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Reservoir still a candidate for Bassmasters, despite shooting death

RIDGELAND, Mississippi – Bassmaster fishing tournaments don’t often come to Ross Barnett Reservoir. Last weekend’s Central Open event was only the third time since 1978 that B.A.S.S. has visited the 33,000-acre reservoir. But the shooting death of a Texas fisherman at a Jackson hotel will not prevent the B.A.S.S. from reconsidering the area for a future tour stop, a B.A.S.S. ...

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FWS wants new national wildlife refuge on Ross Barnett

JACKSON — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a new national wildlife refuge at the Ross Barnett Reservoir. The Clarion-Ledger reports that it would include up to 5,000 acres between the reservoir and Lakeland Drive. The Mississippi Department of Transportation owns more than half the land but would give it to Fish and Wildlife if the refuge is ...

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WOODS: Keeping the boat business afloat

Boating is huge national pastime. It’s a huge deal in Mississippi, too. If you doubt that, then take a leisurely cruise across the Ross Barnett Reservoir Dam on a cool, spring or early summer day and checkout the watercraft traffic on the “Rez”. Take a quick exit to one of the big I-55 north lakes like Enid, or Grenada. It’s ...

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Milner granted certification

Derick Milner, graduate engineer with Neel-Schaffer’s Environmental Science Group, has been granted status as a certified professional in erosion and sediment control by EnviroCert International, a certification body for professionals in the erosion, sediment control and storm water quality industries. Prior to recently joining Neel-Schaffer, Milner was an environmental engineer for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality for over four ...

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‘Rapids’ property up for auction this week

A foreclosure auction Tuesday on the steps of the Rankin County Courthouse will decide the future of the 25 acres that once made up the Rapids on the Reservoir water park and later set off a controversy when a developer wanted to build several hundred apartments on the land. The winning bidder will be gaining a 60-year renewable lease on ...

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