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Vicksburg District to open Muddy Bayou Control Structure

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District notified local authorities and emergency management personnel of the need to open the gates of the Muddy Bayou Control Structure, located 13 miles northwest of Vicksburg in the Yazoo River Basin, within the next four-to-five days. Once conditions allow, the gates at Muddy Bayou will be operated to begin a controlled fall ...

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US engineers examine impact of Yazoo pump project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday that it will re-examine the potential environmental impact of a proposal for massive pumps to drain floodwaters from parts of rural Mississippi, drawing immediate criticism from conservation groups that say the project would be harmful and expensive. Prominent Mississippi politicians have been pushing the Trump administration to revive and fund the project ...

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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 representative ...

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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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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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Pump or not to pump?

Controversial pump could have saved farmers thousands of acres of flooded farmland last year As the proposed Yazoo Backwater Project, aimed at controlling floods in the South Delta, works its way through the legal system, farmers are calculating their losses last year caused by the record rainfall. Would the project’s proposed pumping station have saved a significant amount of cropland ...

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