Locals voice concerns on Spillway impacts

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Tonight there was a Save Our Coast Initiative meeting to try and find a solution to the growing issues of the fresh water flowing through the Bonnet Carre Spillway. News 25’s Victoria Bailey attended the meeting and has more tonight.

“It’s not just how they make a living it’s a way of life.”

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Concerned charter boat captains, fishermen and state officials gathered at the Institute For Marine Mammal Studies discuss solutions to a growing problem caused by a second opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway this year.

Charter Boat Captain Ronnie Daniels says “It’s an economical problem as well. Everything that comes out of our Gulf feeds our coastline here. From the live seafood that goes in to our restaurants to people staying in our hotels. We need all of that. We’ve got to protect all of that and we do a pretty good job of it, but whenever we’ve got a big event like this we’ve got to find other ways to deal with this water coming down.”

District 12 House Representative Jay Hughes of Oxford says this isn’t just a Coast issue.



“I’m not sure that the rest of the state understands the magnitude of the problem down here yet on the Coast with the water in the salt water or the lack of salt in the water. You know what happens to the Coast will impact the entire state and particularly our revenue because that’s how much significant comes from this from saltwater. Tourism from the seafood industry,” says Hughes.

During the meeting there were presentations on the damaging effects of fresh water to salt water as well as a panel discussion to allow those in attendance to ask question and express concerns.

There’s a lot of finger-pointing that goes on with this issue. It’s this organization’s problem, it’s that state’s problem, and we want to clear all of that up. It’s not any one person or organization’s problem. We want to bring everybody together and get some ideas going. Get our elected officials to listen to them and get them to working on them so we can come to an agreement on how to fix this,” says Captain Daniels.

In Gulfport for News 25 I’m Victoria Bailey.