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Harrell to lead division

Jonathan Harrell has been selected chief of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District’s Natural Resources and Environmental Compliance Section of Operations Division. Harrell will be responsible for the oversight of the natural resource and environmental compliance programs throughout the Vicksburg District.  This includes providing technical support to the eight field offices, oversight of mitigation land management, as ...

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Brothers retire after long careers with Corps

VICKSBURG — Brothers Bobby and Billy Stokes have a combined total of 80 years of service with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg. Now, the two Vicksburg natives are retiring. WLBT-TV reports that the Stokes brothers are retiring from the River Operations Branch of the Corps’ Vicksburg district. Bobby Stokes first worked with the Corps as a tying ...

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Corps: River closing has barges running nearly a half-day behind

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says delays of barge traffic have run about 10 hours since the Corps began closing a three-mile stretch of the Mississippi River from dawn to dusk to reinforce a section of river bank between Memphis, Tennessee and Greenville. The Corps said backups of barge traffic that occurred during the first days ...

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Corps' work on Steele Bayou project delayed due to high water

VICKSBURG — The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Vicksburg District’s work on the Steel Bayou Drainage Structure Outlet Channel Repair Project near the Mississippi Highway 465 bridge is approximately 88 percent complete. Work was delayed because the contractor was unable to move upstream of Highway 465 to complete rock work due to high stages on the Mississippi River. ...

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Louisiana firm to begin dredging Vicksburg Harbor next week

VICKSBURG — The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District will begin dredging the Vicksburg Harbor on Nov. 3. The dredging project is scheduled to take 11 days. The dredging is an annual activity that ensures the navigation channel is clear from sediment buildup left by the natural flow of the Mississippi and rainfall runoff. One of the primary ...

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Keesler Medical Center set to begin $74M renovation project

BILOXI — Construction is ready to begin on Keesler Medical Center’s $74 million renovation project. Officials expect the work to modernize health care delivery and enhance the overall patient experience for the Keesler Air Force base community. Col. (Dr.) Tom Harrell, 81st Medical Group commander, said, “The renovation will offer our beneficiaries a pleasing ambiance and, by locating clinics and ...

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ROSS REILY: EPA should have historical background of Delta

  If you first listen to environmentalists and the Environmental Protection Agency as to why they are opposed to the Yazoo Backwater project, they make a pretty compelling argument. The EPA has said the project would have incurred “unacceptable damage to these valuable resources that are used for wildlife, economic and recreational purposes.” In an interview I did with a ...

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Cochran calls on EPA for review of Yazoo Backwater Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is asking for an independent peer review of the decision that halted completion of the Yazoo Backwater Project, a flood control project for the lower Mississippi Delta. Cochran requested approval for an independent peer review from Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), following a lack of response from EPA ...

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Corps awards river dredging contract to Louisiana firm

VICKSBURG — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District has awarded a contract to dredge on the Mississippi River for $4,390,701 to Weeks Marine Inc., of Covington, Louisiana. The work consists of furnishing, delivering and operating one cutterhead, hydraulic pipeline dredge, of which Weeks Marine owns seven. The Vicksburg District encompasses 68,000 square miles across three states and seven ...

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Ag commissioners petition for withdrawal of Waters of the U.S. Rule

JACKSON — At the annual meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), NASDA members, which include Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith, unanimously called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule. The action item, submitted by North Dakota Commissioner of ...

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