It’s finally official – the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced just after 9 a.m. Monday morning that they will begin the process of closing the bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway today.
This announcement comes as welcome news following the unprecedented, record-breaking time the spillway has been opened this year, with the Bonnet Carre Spillway daily gushing trillions of gallons of fresh water into the Mississippi Sound, driving down its natural salinity levels and killing local marine life, seafood, tourism and business in South Mississippi and beyond.
News 25 Today live shot reporter Gabby Easterwood caught up with charter boat Captain Ronnie Daniels in Pass Christian on Monday morning before he set out on Coast waters, just hours before the official announcement.
Daniels is among the thousands of fishermen and other businessmen and businesses who make their living off Mississippi’s coastal waters. He shares his thoughts on the ongoing delay on an official, updated announcement on a possible closing date for the Bonnet Carre Spillway.