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MBJ EDITORIAL: Here we go again but someone lost a lake along the way

It was in May of 2009 that we wrote the following:

Even Lazarus only came back from the dead once. The Two Lakes project, written off numerous times, is still alive, and supporters seem just as confident of victory as ever.

Here we go again.

Just last week, reports are that metro municipal leaders and the Levee Board are reviving a flood control plan that would create waterfront development and save businesses and homes from Pearl River floodwaters.

The Levee Board and the Army Corp of Engineers, according to the reports, have announced they have entered into an agreement with the Pearl River Vision Foundation. The foundation will complete a feasibility and environmental study.

Jackson businessman John McGowan is funding the foundation. “The original plan was two lakes and about twice as expensive,” says McGowan.

The project is now being called “one lake” and will create a large lake that would be able to handle rising water in the Pearl River from overflowing it’s banks near the metro area. It would also create a shoreline in Rankin and Hinds county that could be developed at the waterfront.

The studies are expected to take 15 months to complete.

The Pearl River Vision Foundation will roll out their plans to the public in about 90 days.

They’re being privately funded by Jackson businessman John McGowan, who has been pushing for a flood control plan for more than a decade.

So, here we are nearly three years removed from being more than a decade removed from when the idea was first tossed about.

It still seems like a good idea, but someone has lost a lake along the way and the movement seems to have lost significant steam.

If this development ever gets off the ground, it could be a redefining moment for Jackson, but at this rate our grandchildren may be the ones making this a reality.


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