South Mississippi cities, counties, and organizations have all filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Mississippi River Commission.
The lawsuit was filed today in the U.S. District Court in Gulfport by the cities of Biloxi, D’Iberville, Waveland, Harrison and Hancock counties, the Mississippi Hotel and Lodging Association, and Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United.
The lawsuit accuses the corps of violating federal law by opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway for extended periods of time.
The lawsuit is not asking for monetary damages, but for a temporary injunction to be placed requiring the corps to consult with Coast governments regarding future openings of the spillway. Attorney Robert Wiygul said, “This lawsuit is about the common sense proposition that the Corps of Engineers needs to look at alternative ways of operating the Bonnet Carre spillway so it’s not going to hurt us as bad. It’s a really common sense proposition and it’s what federal law requires.”
IMMS President Dr. Moby Solangi said, “We have a catastrophic loss of our fisheries, oysters are gone. We have hundreds of millions of dollars in damage in tourism, natural resources, the image. And so if this continues and nothing is done, the Mississippi Sound and the coastal communities are going to suffer.”
We will have the full story tonight at 9 and 10 on WXXV.