Bonnet Carre Spillway update

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With fresh water still pouring into Mississippi waters, the Governor’s Task Force continues to track the effects of the Bonnet Carre Spillway opening in the Mississippi Sound.

Since the spillways opening, there have been 131 dolphins and 156 sea turtles, which are an endangered species, found dead. Almost 80 to 90 percent of oysters and 40 to 50 percent of the blue crabs are gone.

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On June 20th, when shrimping season opened, 133 shrimp boats fished in Mississippi waters and shrimpers indicated the overall catch was low. IMMS Director and President Dr. Moby Solangi says things are only going to get worse the longer the spillway is open.

“It’s going to continue for the summer because they haven’t closed the spillway and even if they close it today, Lake Pontchartrain, which is filled with freshwater, is already closed and has algae bloom will continue pouring all that water into the Mississippi Sound for many months to come. We met with DEQ. The attorney general is having a meeting with the Corps of Engineers. Our congressional delegation has met. The White House had a meeting on this. There’s a declaration of emergency. So tremendous things are going on. The beaches are being kept clean. We want our life to continue. This is unlike the BP Oil Spill where they were able to cap the well. This well is still open.”

News 25 will continue to keep you updated as Governor Bryant’s Task Force studies the Bonnet Carre Spillway’s impacts.