Following Governor Phil Bryant’s disaster declaration, another Mississippi politician is addressing the impact of the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. Today, Attorney General Jim Hood was in Biloxi to discuss what’s next for our lawmakers.
IMMS President Dr. Moby Solangi said, “This is unprecedented the way the Mississippi River’s flow is handled without our involvement, but it adversely affects us. So, we want a voice at the table and we want to make sure that any other decisions that are made are made in light of how it will affect Mississippi.”
A seat at the table is also on the mind of Attorney General Jim Hood. He plans to fight the Corps of Engineers on behalf of the state following the impacts of the openings of the Morganza and Bonnet Carre spillways. “We want to make them be prepared to pay reparations for the damages that this freshwater is causing in our Mississippi Sound for the dolphin deaths, the impacts on tourism, and our seafood industry.”
While speaking to the Gulfport Rotary Club, Dr. Solangi discussed exactly where the issues derives from. “All the river water that comes from 31 states and two provinces in Canada is being diverted through Lake Pontchartrain and into Mississippi which is causing devastation to our habitats.”
Hood points out whether you believe in global warming or not, there is no denying the uptick in weather-related disasters. “We’re having one every two to three years it seems now that is affecting our oysters and environment. So, we got to take some action to get the attention of the federal government.”
Although he’s not prepping for it, Hood is prepared to do whatever it takes to get Mississippi what it deserves. “I do expect we’re getting paid for our damages, whether I have to sue or whatever we got to do. We’re going to get it and the federal government is going to have to pay for it.”