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State agency continues to lose top executives

BILOXI — Another top official at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has announced he’s leaving. The Sun Herald reports Danny Guice, who had been interim director of the agency after DMR executive director Bill Walker was fired in January, announced to the staff last week he would be retiring, effective June 30. The agency is the focus of ongoing ...

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Environmental economist studies a shrinking Louisiana

STARKVILLE — Louisiana is shrinking. According to new information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 25-35 square miles of land off the coast of Louisiana disappears into the water every year. Mississippi State University environmental economist Daniel Petrolia understands how important the disappearing wetlands are to commercial fisheries, storm surge protection and wildlife. “Louisiana has about 40 percent of ...

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New trial set for developer accused of filling wetlands

HANCOCK COUNTY — A new trial date has been set for an Alabama real estate developer accused of violating the Clean Water Act by illegally filling wetlands near Bay St. Louis. William R. Miller, of Fairhope, Ala., was set for trial Feb. 4 on an 11-count indictment. Attorney Gaines Cleveland, in a written motion, has asked a federal judge to ...

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Alabama developer pleads not guilty to wetlands violations

HANCOCK COUNTY — Alabama real estate developer William R. Miller has pleaded not guilty to federal charges alleging he illegally filled wetlands in Mississippi and violated the Clean Water Act by discharging pollutants into waters of the United States. The Sun Herald reports U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker set a trial date for Feb. 4. Walker also set a ...

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Landowners along river eligible for wetlands-conservation program

WEST MISSISSIPPI — Owners of land along the Mississippi River in Mississippi may be eligible for financial and technical assistance with increasing bottomland forest acreage and enhancing water quality under the Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP), part of the Wetlands Reserve Program. Eligible land is between the Mississippi River and the river’s primary levees. These lands are called “batture” lands ...

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USDA, partners award $20M-plus for habitat restoration along river

WEST MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and its partners report they will invest nearly $32 million this year in financial and technical assistance for five water quality and wetlands improvement projects in seven Mississippi River Basin states. When fully implemented, the projects will prevent sediment and nutrients from entering waterways, decrease flooding ...

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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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